Category Archives: Science

Climate change and the Delta: What do we know about climate driven variability of the Bay-Delta ecosystem?

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Dr. Jim Cloern briefly reviews what we know and what we don’t know about how climate change will impact the Bay-Delta Climate change is just one of many threats to the Bay-Delta, and it has the potential to alter the ecosystem on a vast scale.  The May 6 seminar, New Approaches for Responding to Climate Change in the San Francisco […]

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Latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science Journal looks at water storage, water rights, hatcheries and more …

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Articles in the peer-reviewed journal look at water storage and snowpack in drought, Central Valley water rights in a changing climate, hatchery releases, and land use in the Delta ESSAY Storage in California’s Reservoirs and Snowpack in this Time of Drought Authors: Michael D. Dettinger and Michael L. Anderson RESEARCH California Central Valley Water Rights in a Changing Climate Author: […]

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Science news and reports: Sacto FWO creating an oasis and getting results; The problem of predation; Toxic algal blooms behind Klamath River dams, Louisiana’s changing wetlands, atmospheric rivers, June El Niño update, and more …

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In science news this week, Sacramento Fish & Wildlife Office creating an oasis and getting results; The problem of predation; Toxic algal blooms behind Klamath River dams creates health risks far downstream; Call for nominations for the Jean Auer Environmental Award; Call for nominations for outstanding environmental project awards; NASA ‘eyes’ study Louisiana’s changing wetlands; Bringing nature into the engineer’s […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, Pt. 1: Actionable Delta Science & a very brief update on Cal Water Fix and Cal Eco Restore

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The interagency committee charged with implementation of the Delta Plan endorses a list of high priority science actions for the Delta As implementation of the first Delta Plan enters its third year, the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee held the first of two semi-annual meetings on May 11, 2015. The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) is comprised of eighteen […]

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Science news and reports: Heat accelerates dry in California drought, Blueprint for a thirsty world from Australia, Baked Alaska, With El Nino likely, what impacts are expected this summer? and more …

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In science news this week, Heat accelerates dry in California drought, Blueprint for a thirsty world from Australia, Baked Alaska, With El Nino likely, what impacts are expected this summer?, The winners and losers in the California water crisis, When the river runs dry, The internet of farm things, Fish in sheep’s clothing Heat accelerates dry in California drought:  “Although […]

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Science news and reports: Raising groundwater levels keep Santa Clara Valley from sinking, The challenges of EDNA detection, Land use changes greater threat to biodiversity than climate change, and more …

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In science news this week: Raising groundwater keeps valleys from sinking: Santa Clara Valley, The challenges of EDNA detection, The Mission blue butterfly flies again on Twin Peaks, thanks to a dedicated six year relocation project, Nesting season begins for threatened and endangered shorebirds along the California coast, Changes in land use pose greater threat to biodiversity than climate change, […]

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Science news and reports: Forest thinning may increase water yield from the Sierra Nevada, Pink nudibranch is ‘canary in the tidepool’ for climate change, Road to salmon collapse is paved with good intentions, Flood Control 2.0, and more …

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In science news this week, Forest thinning may increase water yield from the Sierra Nevada, Pink nudibranch is ‘canary in the tidepool’ for climate change, Road to salmon collapse is paved with good intentions, Flood Control 2.0, Nanomaterials in sunscreens and boats leave marine life vulnerable, Wetlands continue to reduce nitrate, Devils’ Hole pupfish headcount, Earthquakes expose limits of scientific […]

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Science news and reports: How satellites can help monitor California’s groundwater, How do salmon change from freshwater fish to saltwater fish?, sudden oak death, rare dune plants, stranded sea lions and more …

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In science news this week, How satellites can help monitor California’s groundwater, Going with the flow: Measuring water flow through soil, How do salmon change from freshwater fish to saltwater fish?, Citizen science helps predict spread of sudden oak death, Rare dune plants thrive on disturbance, Sea lion stranding: The view from the rookery, Dam removal study reveals river resiliency, […]

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Science news and reports: Merced NWR provides habitat for salmon and tricolored blackbirds; Introducing the smolt spy; Nitrogen fingerprints point to warmer world, Grant funds research of treated wastewater on crops, and more …

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In science news this week, Merced National Wildlife Refuge providing habitat for salmon and tricolored blackbirds, too; Introducing the smolt spy; Nitrogen fingerprints point to warmer world; Grant funds research of treated wastewater on crops; Handbook for management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems in river and lake basins; High mountains warming faster than expected; Study advances new tool in the […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 4: Fish, birds, and habitat

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Panel of experts looks at historical ecology and critical ecological functions of the Delta, the complexities of fish management, and terrestrial species and habitat Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the […]

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