Category Archives: Science

Science news and reports: Recognizing anthropogenic drought; Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, researchers find; Melting snow and groundwater levels in the Sierras; Crazy hot days, crazy warm nights in the Central Valley; and more …

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In science news this week, New journal article on recognizing anthropogenic drought; Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, researchers find; Restoration efforts playing dividends for two key San Francisco Bay area endangered species; Melting snow and groundwater levels in the Sierra Nevada; Crazy hot days, crazy warm nights: A new study on climate change in the Central Valley; I flew […]

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Science news and reports: Climate rain debt, big picture stream science, Bay Area sea level rise, drought and forests, El Nino, and more …

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In science news this week, Climate rain debt equal to one year of precipitation; Big picture stream science; Major San Francisco bayfront developments proceed despite sea rise warnings; Q&A: San Francisco Public Press Reporter Kevin Stark on Sea Level Rise and Bay Area Preparations; Drought’s lasting impacts on forests; Edge of extinction: UC Santa Cruz ecologist Barry Sinervo studies dying […]

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Adapting to sea level rise and climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area: What can we do?

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Dr. Letitia Grenier and Jeremy Lowe discuss current projects underway to address adapting the San Francisco Bay’s shoreline for sea level rise and climate change With sea level rise projected to be anywhere from 2 feet to 5 feet, many projects in recent years have been focusing on how to adapt the San Francisco Bay’s extensive shoreline.  At the May […]

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Landscape-scale planning for ecological resilience in the Bay and Delta

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Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger discusses the latest research working to develop tools and to understand how to build landscapes resilient to climate change and able to support native species into the future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan and other processes.  Even with restoration planned […]

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Science news and reports: Less algae key for keeping Tahoe blue, Refuge fire program at San Luis NWR, Western pond turtles, Channel Island eagles, high elevation fires, almonds, groundwater and more …

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In science news, Less algae, not clarity, key for blueness; Refuge Fire Program, Fuels Projects Protect Habitats and Wildlife at the San Luis NWR Complex; After decades away, Western pond turtles come home to Mountain Lake; Reintroduced Channel Islands eagles thrive on a diet of seabirds and fish; The ocean and the dust bowl; Drought and climate change fuel high […]

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Tidal marshes: Adapting to sea level rise, carbon sequestration

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Dr. Jim Morris on the mechanisms of how tidal marshes keep pace with sea level rise, and Dr. John Callaway with research on carbon sequestration in the San Francisco Bay’s tidal wetlands Back in the late 1800s as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was being reclaimed for agriculture, a somewhat parallel process was happening to the shoreline of the San Francisco […]

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Projecting inundation in the San Francisco Bay: Sea level and tides

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UC Berkeley’s Dr. Mark Stacey with the latest research on the impacts of sea level rise on the Bay Area and possible responses With sea level projected to rise at least one meter by 2100, possible even more, much needed attention is being paid on how to prepare the San Francisco Bay’s extensive shoreline to adapt to significant amounts of […]

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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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