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Storage in California's Reservoirs and Snowpack in This Time of Drought

June 29, 2015 - 10am

A new paper describes surface-water and snow-pack storage conditions in California in the sping of 2015 to provide context for summer water availability. Much smaller-than-normal wintertime storage increases present difficulties for meeting water demands later this year, but far more challenging is the lack of snowpack, which suggests very little snowmelt will be available to meet demand or replenish reservoirs. Without a significant change, the authors predict reservoir drawdowns totaling 12 MAF later this year, from a starting point of about 17.8 MAF. Reservoir storage may decline to levels that have not been witnessed in the past 45 years.

Conservation Paleobiology: Leveraging Knowledge of the Past to Inform Conservation and Restoration

June 9, 2015 - 10am

A new paper examines the potential contribution of conservation paleobiology, an emerging discipline, to efforts to sustain and restore biodiversity. Conservation paleobiology uses geohistorical data to develop and test models of how plants and animals respond to environmental stressors. The paper not only describes how the discipline has already provided insights about biotic responses to key environmental stressors, but also provides examples of how it can be used by managers and policymakers.

SW CSC Scientist Elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2015 - 3pm

SW CSC’s Glen M. MacDonald was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing contributions in original research. MacDonald is a Presidential Chair and distinguished professor, departments of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles. MacDonald is active in the dissemination of information about climate change and environmental change to policy makers and the public.