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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SERIES: DROUGHT
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$10 ($7 Member)
Dates and Times:
November 6, 2013, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Many of the world's droughts are steered and shaped by large-scale climate cycles, such as El Niño and La Niña. Through exhaustive analyses, scientists have helped pinpoint how these cycles can produce drought. Case studies show the value of prompt drought predictions when societies can relay the information to farmers, policy makers, and other key people.
As the global climate warms, how will that affect Colorado and the duration of droughts? Globally, the average amount of rainfall is expected to increase, as the warmer temperatures lead to more evaporation of water from the sea. However, the same warmth will help dry out land more quickly, so the droughts that do occur may increase in intensity. As we know in Colorado, where drought does strike, the risk of wildland fire soars. Tonight’s forum will address these topics and how scientists at NOAA & NCAR are measuring and assessing the current and future of drought in Colorado.