Soil Moisture

March 5, 2015--Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds (Los Angeles Times)

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study. Rising temperatures resulting from increased greenhouse gas emissions mean warm and dry periods are coinciding more frequently, the study authors say. And that is amplifying the effects of low precipitation.

February 16, 2015--NASA climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought (Guardian)

California is in the midst of its worst drought in over 1,200 years, exacerbated by record hot temperatures. A new study led by Benjamin Cook at NASA GISS examines how drought intensity in North America will change in a hotter world, and finds that things will only get worse. Global warming intensifies drought in several ways. In increases evaporation from soil and reservoirs.

January 21, 2015--Officials say future looks dry for Navajo Lake (Daily Times)

Navajo Lake is currently 12 feet deeper than it was at this time last year, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. But that's where the good news ends. The snowpack and soil moisture is less than it was last year, which means less inflow into the lake, a reservoir that stretches across the state line from southern Colorado to northern New Mexico.

July 13, 2012--Soil moisture and hot days examined globally (Science Daily)

For the first time, scientists at ETH Zurich have examined globally the connection between soil moisture and extreme heat with measured data. Their study shows that precipitation deficits increase the probability of hot days in many regions of the world. The results will help to better assess heat risks. In July 2011, a heatwave broke all records in Texas.

May 24, 2012--Wariness in wake of low snowpack (Durango Telegraph)

As mountain towns in Colorado move into summer, they continue to consider what lies ahead as the result of the incredibly low snowpack this year. By some measures, the drought is far worse than the epic summer of 2002.

November 27, 2009--CU experts use GPS to track soil moisture, snow depth (Denver Post)

Traditional GPS satellite signals can be used to measure snow depth and even soil and vegetation moisture, according to a research team led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

March 26, 2009--Thirsty plants can twitter for water with new device (NY Times)

Researchers at New York University’s interactive telecommunications program have come up with a device that allows plants to t

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