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Drought Research News
May 20, 2019

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Unprecedented Weakening of Asian Summer Monsoon

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing over the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the last 448 years, according to a new ... read more

Climate Extremes: Impact on Global Crop Yield Variations

Climate extremes, such as drought, heatwaves, heavy precipitation and more are responsible for 18 to 43 percent of variation in crop yields for maize, spring wheat, rice and soybeans. according to a ... read more
Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a ... read more
Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. Data from the past three decades suggest that ... read more
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Climate Change Could Undermine Children's Education and Development in the Tropics

A new study concludes that exposure to extreme heat and precipitation in prenatal and early childhood years in countries of the global tropics could make it harder for children to attain secondary ... read more

An OU-led project is showing how citizen science programs provide valuable data on rivers in southwestern United States. The ecological and hydrological data obtained from intermittent rivers (rivers ... read more

Measuring Impact of Drought on Groundwater Resources from Space

A team of scientists has been using the latest space technology, combined with ground measurements, to assess the health of one of the nation's most important sources of underground water, a ... read more

Floodplain Forests Under Threat

Researchers warn of the effects of summer drought and competition for ground ... read more

Research Connects Dots Among Ocean Dynamics, Drought and Forests

A new study has found predictable, traceable connections between changes in how the Atlantic Ocean flowed and operated with centuries-long droughts and changes in forest ... read more

Houston, We're Here to Help the Farmers

Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to ... read more

A Faster, More Accurate Way to Monitor Drought

A new drought monitoring method allows scientists to identify the onset of drought sooner, meaning conservation or remediation measures could be put into place sooner. The new method uses thermal ... read more

The Secret Behind Witchweed's Devastating Ability to Steal Nutrients from Crops

Commonly known as 'witchweed,' the parasitic plant Striga hermonthica devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists have discovered a unique protein in Striga that helps sustain its ... read more

Recent Drought May Provide a Glimpse of the Future for Birds in the Sierra Nevada

To better understand the effects of climate change on the bird community in the Sierra Nevada region, researchers examined the impacts to birds from a recent extreme drought (2013-2016). The drought ... read more

How Plants Learned to Save Water

Plants that can manage with less water could make agriculture more sustainable. This is why a research team is investigating how plants control their water ... read more

How to Feed the World by 2050? Recent Breakthrough Boosts Plant Growth by 40 Percent

Recent advances to address hunger through agricultural advancement have been shown to boost crop growth by 40 percent by creating a shortcut for a glitch that plagues most food ... read more

Preserved Leaves Reveal 7000 Years of Rainfall and Drought

A study has revealed what south-east Queensland's rainfall was like over the last 7000 years -- including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium ... read more

How Does the Amazon Rain Forest Cope With Drought?

The Amazon rain forest isn't necessarily a place that many would associate with a drought, yet prolonged dry spells are projected to become more prevalent and severe because of climate change. ... read more

New Scale to Characterize Strength and Impacts of Atmospheric River Storms

A team of researchers has created a scale to characterize the strength and impacts of the weather phenomenon known as 'atmospheric ... read more

Pika Survival Rates Dry Up With Low Moisture

Researchers sought to understand how climate change, specifically changes in snowpack and VPD, is affecting pikas. Researchers related population abundances to weather and snowpack dynamics in the ... read more

River Levels Tracked from Space

The 4,300 kilometer Mekong River is a lifeline for South-East Asia. If this mighty river system bursts its banks, flooding can affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. A new method ... read more

Weather at Key Growth Stages Predicts Midwest Corn Yield and Grain Quality

Corn is planted on approximately 90 million acres across the United States every year. With all that data, it takes months after harvest for government agencies to analyze total yield and grain ... read more

Extreme Weather and Geopolitics Major Drivers of Increasing 'Food Shocks'

Global food production is suffering from an increasing number of 'food shocks,' with most caused by extreme weather and geopolitical crises. An international study looked at the incidence ... read more

Trout, Salamander Populations Quickly Bounce Back from Severe Drought Conditions

Populations of coastal cutthroat trout and coastal giant salamanders in the Pacific Northwest show the ability to rebound quickly from drought conditions, buying some time against climate ... read more

Mediterranean Freshwater Fish Species Susceptible to Climate Change

Climate change will strongly affect many European freshwater fish species. This is particularly the case for species in the Mediterranean ... read more

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