5EASM2: LINKING NEAR-TERM FUTURE CHANGES IN WEATHER AND HYDROCLIMATE IN WESTERN NORTH AMERICA TO ADAPTATION FOR ECOSYSTEM AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University 61 Route 9W Palisades, NY 10964

This project began in May 2013. As the project develops we will highlight here some of our research findings. Our first projects are looking at:

1. Hydroclimate variability and change in the Prairie Potholes Region, North America's "Duck Factory"

2. Mechanisms for changes in the mean hydroclimate of Western North America under global warming

3. Changes in continental aridity under global warming

4. Exploring past flow of the Gila River

5. Causes and predictability of the 2011 to 2014 California drought

6. Relations between climate variability and change and western forest fires

7. Climate model simulation of Rio Grande stream flow and projected changes for the 21st Century

8. Causes of change in Southwest coastal fog

9. Climate variability and change and Southwestern river flows

10. Impacts of changing atmospheric circulation on Western hydroclimate

11. Causes of Southwest megadroughts