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  • 21st century California drought risk linked to model fidelity of the El Niño teleconnection

    21st century California drought risk linked to model fidelity of the El Niño teleconnection

    Nature Climate and Atmospheric Science | September 3, 2018...
    Summary

    Greenhouse gas-induced climate change is expected to lead to negative hydrological impacts for southwestern North America, including California (CA). This includes a decrease...

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  • A 1,200-year perspective of 21st century drought in southwestern North America

    A 1,200-year perspective of 21st century drought in southwestern North America

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) | December 11, 2009...
    Summary

    A key feature of anticipated 21st century droughts in Southwest North America is the concurrence of elevated temperatures and increased aridity. Instrumental records...

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

    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 1, 2008...
    Summary

    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...

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  • A Measure of Snow: Case Studies of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    A Measure of Snow: Case Studies of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service | September 1, 2010...
    Summary

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

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  • A Perspective on the Drought in California

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    A Perspective on the Drought in California

    Legislative Analyst's Office | November 21, 1991...
    Summary

    Despite heavy rains in March 1991, California continues to face a serious near-term water problem resulting from five years of drought. In fact,...

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  • A tale of two California droughts: Lessons amidst record warmth and dryness in a region of complex physical and human geography

    A tale of two California droughts: Lessons amidst record warmth and dryness in a region of complex physical and human geography

    American Geophysical Union (AGU) | November 19, 2015...
    Summary

    The state of California has experienced the worst drought in its historical record during 2012–2015. Adverse effects of this multi year event have been...

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  • Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 1: Water Rights Administration and Oversight During Major Statewide Droughts, 1976–2016

    Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 1: Water Rights Administration and Oversight During Major Statewide Droughts, 1976–2016

    California Natural Resources Agency | August 30, 2018...
    Summary

    Climate change has already begun to affect California’s hydrology and water resources, and droughts are likely to become more frequent, longer, and more...

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  • Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 2: Improving Water Rights Administration and Oversight for Future Droughts

    Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation, Part 2: Improving Water Rights Administration and Oversight for Future Droughts

    California Natural Resources Agency | August 30, 2018...
    Summary

     In California, droughts are likely to become more frequent, longer, and more intense in the future, posing increasing challenges for water management, and...

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  • Agricultural Irrigation in This Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

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    Agricultural Irrigation in This Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

    University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics | May 14, 2015...
    Summary

    In the midst of its fourth year of drought, California now faces an estimated reduction in surface-water availability of 8.8 million acre-feet (maf)...

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  • Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

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    Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | November 11, 2015...
    Summary

    California’s water allocation system hampers its ability to meet the state’s needs, especially in times of drought. At its heart is an unusually...

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