Southern California is an ecologically diverse region threatened by urbanization, water scarcity, and shifting wildfire frequency. As a biodiversity hotspot with a population of more than 21 million people and an economy of nearly $1.3 trillion GDP, a comprehensive drought preparedness and response strategy that considers the interrelated nature of these threats is needed.
This project will help build regional understanding of the vulnerabilities and effects of ecological drought for conservation and natural resource management. By leveraging robust science-management partnerships, San Diego State University’s Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management and the Desert Research Institute will develop regionally specific information on ecological drought and a framework that supports responsive and adaptive management to drought-related climate impacts. In collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance, which will support outreach and engagement efforts, this partnership will support local and regional decision making to promote healthy, climate-resilient ecosystems and the well-being of local communities in southern California.
This research was funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Ecological Drought. For more information, please contact Britt Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org).