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Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Research

December 2, 2016

The Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) is seeking Statements of Interest for research project funding in Fiscal Year 2017.

Statements of Interests are invited for projects that support regional science priorities. SW CSC funded projects cover a variety of topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support.

Deadline for Submission of Statements of Interest: January 18, 2017
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Forest Fires in Sierra Nevada Driven by Past Land Use

November 23, 2016

Changes in human uses of the land have had a large impact on fire activity in California’s Sierra Nevada since 1600, according to new research

Forest fire activity in California's Sierra Nevada since 1600 has been influenced more by how humans used the land than by climate, according to new research led by University of Arizona and Penn State scientists.

For the years 1600 to 2015, the team found four periods, each lasting at least 55 years, where the frequency and extent of forest fires clearly differed from the time period before or after.

However, the shifts... Read more

Precision in Policymaking May Undermine Conservation and Restoration Goals

October 7, 2016

Overly specific requirements in conservation policies may be unintentionally wasting management resources and doing more harm than good for the species and landscapes they seek to protect, according to a new opinion paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

The paper, authored by a group of researchers including Stephen Jackson, Director of the Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center, urges a move away from narrowly prescriptive conservation... Read more

Pacific Ocean’s response to greenhouse gases could extend California drought for centuries

September 15, 2016

News release from Alison Hewitt, UCLA Newsroom

Warming forces have caused millennia of dryness in California’s prehistory, and greenhouses gases could do the same

Clues from prehistoric droughts and arid periods in California show that today’s increasing greenhouse gas levels could lock the state into drought for centuries, according to a study led by UCLA professor [and SW CSC Principal Investigator] Glen MacDonald.

The study, published Sept. 15 in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at how natural climatic forces contributed to... Read more

New, High-Resolution Climate Projections Aim to Better Represent Extreme Events

September 12, 2016

A press release from Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

A collaboration of university researchers, government agencies, and private sector groups released today a next-generation climate modeling dataset with improved local-scale climate projections covering the 21st century for a region from northern Mexico to southern Canada.

The dataset was produced by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego who developed a new climate “downscaling” method for global climate models known as localized constructed analogs (... Read more