New research indicates that seismic noise may be a game changing tool in tracking aquifer water health, especially in drought-sensitive areas.
Mapped trends in open surface water bodies in the contiguous US show that with climate change, dry regions will get drier, wet regions will get wetter.
Research shows groundwater recharge in the Western US will change with the climate; dry areas will have less recharge, and wet regions will have more.
In a naturally extreme climate, keeping water clean and safe in high enough quantities for a growing population can be a challenge.
Existing datasets on soil moisture and snowpack help scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research refine drought predictions.
Lake Powell is only about half filled nowadays and an extreme drought could very likely empty the lake, a modeling study finds.
University of California, Davis, scientists find that Douglas fir trees in the West are consistently affected by drought conditions.
Researchers find the most significant factors, like low hydraulic safety margin, that influence tree survival during drought.
While many tree species are well adapted to fire, recently Rocky Mountain trees have had more difficulty recovering from fire than in the past, according to a release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scientists at the university...
Americans have been trying to suppress U.S. forest fires since the 1940s through Smokey Bear and other fire-prevention programs. However, suppressing forest fires may have changed the compositions of forests from fire- and drought-resistant species to ones...
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research use 35 years’ worth of weather data to assess the American Southwest’s future of drought.
The growing scarcity of freshwater resources is more and more perceived as a risk for people around the world, according to a new study led by researchers at the Netherlands’ University of Twente. In the work, they...
Forests and grasslands in the United States can’t seem to escape the impacts of drought, according to a new report from the U.S. Forest Service. Scientists at Duke University helped to compile and edit the report, which...
Scientists use the plane-mounted Carnegie Airborne Observatory to dissect California drought effects in the state’s forests.
U. of Washington scientists uncover the different ways that aspen and ponderosa pine trees respond to drought conditions in the San Juan National Forest.
Scientists at University of California, Santa Cruz, investigate managed aquifer recharge, a new tool to help California deal with drought.
A study of sediment cores taken near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers reveals drought periods coincide with major transitions between ruling empires.
Concurrent droughts and heat waves could shape our climate future. A new study reveals how quickly changes have come in the past 50 years.
Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are gathering data on streams in Idaho and five other western states to assess drought vulnerability.
Drought in California is likely due at least in part to natural weather fluctuations, but global warming has made it approximately 25 percent worse, according to a release from the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Higher temperatures...