College of Liberal Arts

Beyond the Perfect Drought – Climate Change and California Water Resources

Friday Apr 28, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | CLA 0.128

Dr. Glen MacDonald, Department of Geography, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

California has officially emerged from what is arguably the most severe drought in recorded history. The talk will explore this event in the context of California water resource demands, supplies and provision strategies and as a manifestation of a generally dry 21st century. It will be demonstrated that the hydroclimatology that has made the current drought so severe can be traced further in time than the current 6-year event, and also extends geographically well beyond the boundaries of the State - embracing the adjacent Southwest and Colorado River Basin. Paleoclimatic records are used to consider the hydrological response of California and the greater Southwest to earlier periods of prolonged climatic warming. These records provide potential scenarios of how 21st century warming may affect California water resources.
 

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