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November 4, 2010--Grad student simulates 100 years of farming to measure agriculture's impact on land and water quality (Science Daily)
Estimating the long-term impact of agriculture on land is tricky when you don't have much information about what a field was like before it was farmed. Some fields in Missouri started producing crops more than a century ago -- long before anyone kept detailed records about the physical and chemical properties of the soil in a field.
Desert dust blowing on to the high peaks of Colorado is affecting stream flows and even changing tundra vegetation — and now it’s been traced as a cause of avalanches in the high country, researcher Chris Landry said Friday, addressing a packed house at the annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop.
Snow melt in the Colorado River basin is occurring earlier, reducing runoff and the amount of crucial water available downstream. A new study by NASA/UCLA shows this is due to increased dust caused by human activities in the typically arid American southwest region during the past 150 years.
The dark dust thrown up by human activity in the deserts of the southwestern United States hastens the melting of Rocky Mountain snow and ultimately reduces the amount of water flowing into the upper Colorado River by around 5%, scientists reported Monday.
The Southwest is showing more signs of climate change than any other part of the country, a pair of climate experts say, calling for a no-regrets strategy in the face of global warming. The strategy was detailed in the journal Science to prepare residents for hotter and drier conditions.
Global warming impacts to tundra regions have been widely studied and the conclusions from the published and peer-reviewed research from around the world are strikingly similar. Warming temperatures will result in a dramatic decline tundra as the tree line climbs higher and shrubs encroach on alpine meadows.
Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta are delving into the question of how the pine beetle epidemic in western forests could affect runoff and water quality. The forestry professors — Uldis Silins and Ellen Macdonald — are also looking toward a long-term goal of forest recovery, resilience and resistance.
This season's rapidly melting snowpack has turned into above average storage in most of the state's reservoirs. Statewide storage volumes continued to improve once again this month and are now at 110 percent of average and are 95 percent of last year's volumes on this date. These volumes are up from last month's totals, which were 105 percent of average.
Water is coming off the mountain snowpack in a hurry. Warm temperatures in late May, coupled with dry weather across most of the state, have teamed to quickly melt Colorado's mountain snowpack, according to the latest surveys conducted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Earlier snowmelt and runoff in Colorado have been well-documented over the past few years and the finding were reinforced once again in a press release from the U.S. Geological Survey last week.