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- University Launches Drones to Study California’s Water System (2/16/2018) - The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently awarded a $2.2 million grant to the University of California to use remote sensors and drones to study how the region’s hydrology and vegetation is affected by climate change. The study area will be the U.C.’s Natural Reserve System, a diverse network of lands encompassing more than 750,000 acres, representing habitats that can be found throughout the state. Known as the California Heartbeat Initiative-Freshwater, the project will utilize remote sensors placed throughout the reserve to track weather, soil moisture, and transpiration. Drones will also be launched and fly programmed routes with cameras capable [...]
- U.S. Drought Levels at their Worst in Nearly 4 Years (2/15/2018) - Over 38 percent of the continental U.S. is in a drought and more than 87 million Americans are living in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This is the highest percentage since the 40% recorded in May 2014. The worst conditions are being seen in the southern and western parts of the country. Reported by the USA Today, meteorologist Richard Heim cited that nearly all of the major winter storms have mostly bypassed the West, meaning that much-needed mountain snow has not fallen. Currently snow sensors installed across the Sierra Nevada range have revealed that snowpack is just [...]
- America’s Dam Network Threatens Native Fish Populations (2/15/2018) - A recent study by Florida International University, dams along major rivers in the southern United States are driving native fish populations to extinction. Researchers examined more than 850 species of native fish and their traits, including fertility, lifespan, range of movement, and water flow needs. The study found that many species are unique to a specific region, or even body of water, making them vulnerable to habitat degradation from reduced water flows. According to the study, the large number of dams that are built close to one another in the southeast significantly impacts fish migration. The lack of mobility between [...]