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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.

Climatology of Extreme Daily Precipitation in Colorado and Its Diverse Spatial and Seasonal Variability

April 7, 2015 - 5pm

A new paper examines historical weather records throughout Colorado to understand when and where extreme storm events happen. "Big storms” show a remarkable degree of seasonal and regional variability. For example, the damaging floods that struck the Colorado Front Range in September 2013 occurred outside of that region’s typical season for most extreme precipitation (spring– summer). That event and many others highlight the fact that extreme precipitation in Colorado has occurred historically during all seasons and at all elevations, emphasizing a year-round statewide risk.

Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands

March 31, 2015 - 12pm

The Forest Service's Climate Change Resource Center has released a new interactive online education module. “Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands: What You Need to Know” provides a brief overview of climate change effects on water resources, vegetation growth, wildlife, and disturbances. This module, which can be used to satisfy the Forest Service Climate Change Performance Scorecard Element, was designed to be approachable and flexible for people who wish to understand observed and projected climate change effects.