A low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States

Nature Reviews Earth & Environment | October 26th, 2021


Anthropogenic climate change is decreasing seasonal snowpacks globally, with potentially catastrophic consequences on water resources, given the long-held reliance on sno

A Measure of Snow: A Report Based on Case Studies of The Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service | November 1st, 2008


Snow depth and snow water content data have been collected and disseminated throughout the Western United States for over 100 years. Early snow survey and water s

Adapting California’s Water Management to Climate Change

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | January 12th, 2009


Among the potential impacts of climate change, accelerated sea level rise and a reduced Sierra snowpack are the most certain. Both will pose significant challenges for wa

Agricultural risks from changing snowmelt

Nature Climate Change | April 20th, 2020


Snowpack stores cold-season precipitation to meet warm-season water demand. Climate change threatens to disturb this balance by altering the fraction of precipita

Anthropogenic warming impacts on California snowpack during drought

American Geophysical Union (AGU) | March 15th, 2017


Sierra Nevada climate and snowpack is simulated during the period of extreme drought from 2011 to 2015 and compared to an identical simulation except for the removal of t

Anthropogenic Warming Impacts on Today's Sierra Nevada Snowpack and Flood Risk

American Geophysical Union (AGU) | June 15th, 2018


This study investigates temperature impacts to snowpack and runoff‐driven flood risk over the Sierra Nevada during the extremely wet year of 2016–2017, which followed

Attribution of declining western U.S. snowpack to human effects

American Meteorological Society (AMS) | December 1st, 2008


Observations show snowpack has declined across much of the western United States over the period 1950–99. This reduction has important social and economic impli

California Climate Science and Data for Water Resources Management

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | July 6th, 2015


Climate change creates critical challenges for California water resources management. The vulnerability of the water sector to climate change stems from a modified hydrol

California Water Action Plan (2016 Update)

State of California | January 1st, 2016


California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in memory. The 2016 water year is off to a good start, but with four consecutive dry years and the record l

California Water Plan 2013: Sacramento River Hydrologic Region Report

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | October 30th, 2014


The Sacramento River Hydrologic Region (see Figure SR-1 includes the entire California drainage area of the Sacramento River (the state’s largest river) and its tributa

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