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Article ID: 681699

Scientists Monitor Silicon Valley’s Underground Water Reserves — From Space

University at Buffalo

Satellite data shows underground water reserves in California’s Silicon Valley rebounded quickly after the recent severe drought. The research points to the success of aggressive conservation measures and lays the groundwork for low-cost monitoring of subterranean water reserves around the world.

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Article ID: 681246

A Cereal Survives Heat and Drought

University of Vienna

An international consortium under the lead of the non-profit organization "International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics" (ICRISAT) and participation of a research team around the system biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published the genome sequence of Pearl millet, a drought resistant crop plant most important in aride regions in Africa and Asia. This so-called C4 plant is especially important to small and medium farmers who grow the plant without larger irrigation. Pearl millet delivers a good harvest index under drought and heat conditions when rice, maize or wheat already have no grains anymore.

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18-Sep-2017 4:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 678919

Fish Out of Water: Loss of 350 Miles of Great Plains Streams Causing Changes in Aquatic Food Web

Kansas State University

A decrease in Great Plains streams, fed by decreasing ground water, is changing fish assembles according to research published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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2-Aug-2017 8:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 675159

UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Extension experts can provide an irrigation audit, which will help you troubleshoot spots where perhaps the sprinklers are not wetting the soil uniformly. It may be tempting to run the sprinklers more often when we see dry spots in the lawn, but the problem may be more related to how uniformly the sprinkler heads are covering the lawn than to the amount of time they run.

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23-May-2017 8:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 672591

Scientists Link Recent California Droughts and Floods to Distinctive Atmospheric Waves

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Upper atmosphere pattern may open window to long-term prediction

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6-Apr-2017 3:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 671774

MSU’s Vahedifard Examines ‘Lessons From the Oroville Dam’ in Science

Mississippi State University

A letter in Science magazine from a Mississippi State faculty member is examining lessons gleaned from the recent Oroville dam incident in California.

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23-Mar-2017 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 668013

How Much Drought Can a Forest Take?

University of California, Davis

Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought.

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5-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 667571

California No Longer in Drought, Says UC Davis Watershed Expert

University of California, Davis

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11-Jan-2017 4:25 PM EST
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Article ID: 664823

Game Theory Shows How Tragedies of the Commons Might be Averted

Georgia Institute of Technology

Lake Lanier in Georgia is the primary water reservoir serving suburban and metropolitan Atlanta. When the lake’s water level drops below a certain point, calls go out for water conservation and news reports show images of the red mud shoreline. In some affected counties, water restrictions are imposed. The combination of usage restrictions and changes in precipitation eventually averts the crisis. But, when the crisis ends, water usage rebounds – until the next shortage.

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15-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 663076

Soil Moisture, Snowpack Data Could Help Predict 'Flash Droughts'

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Severe 2012 drought could have been predicted months in advance.

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18-Oct-2016 2:05 PM EDT
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