Land & Vegetation

U.S. Drought Monitor map showing 2012 drought
October 18, 2016
New research suggests that "flash droughts" — like the one that unexpectedly gripped the Southern Rockies and Midwest in the summer of 2012 — could be predicted months in advance using soil moisture and snowpack data.
Population and future fire: photo of fire burning across a grassland
May 23, 2016
The future pattern of population growth, not climate change, is likely to be the dominant factor in determining whether the amount of land burned by fires increases or decreases globally this century.
Map shows heat wave across U.S.,  late August 2013
February 23, 2016
Sweltering heat waves that typically strike once every 20 years could become yearly events across 60 percent of Earth's land surface by 2075.
Climate and food security. Photo of farmer tilling soil
December 01, 2015
The impacts are expected to be particularly pronounced for the poor and those living in tropical regions.
Hydrologic model lets users decide: side-by-side grid and basin maps
June 17, 2015
The SUMMA model lets users make individual decisions about how to treat a vast range of variables. This customizing allows users to mimic existing models or create something entirely new.

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