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Global Snow Drought Hot Spots and Characteristics

NIDIS Supported Research
NIDIS-Supported Research
Main Summary

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, with support from NIDIS, have developed a new framework for characterizing snow droughts around the world. Using the framework to analyze conditions from 1980 to 2018, the researchers found a 28 percent increase in the length of intensified snow-water deficits in the western United States during the second half of the study period. Analysis using the new framework shows prolonged snow droughts in California, Oregon, Washington and other Western states, and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Russia and Europe over the nearly four-decade term studied. 

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Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
2012 - 2020
Principal Investigator(s)
Laurie Huning, University of California, Irvine
Project Funding
NOAA Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program
Focus Areas (DEWS Components)
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