September 8, 2016 / Modified jun 22, 2017 4:41 p.m.

Episode 45: Past Climates Can Help to Inform Water Resource Management in the Western U.S.

Knowledge of the range of climate conditions over past centuries can shed light on the conditions we may expect in the future.

Knowledge of the range of climate conditions over past centuries can shed light on the conditions we may expect in the future, under natural climate variability alone. This information can be useful for making decisions about resource management today. By studying the growth patterns of trees as recorded in the tree-ring record going back 1300 years, Connie Woodhouse, Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, has found that precipitation and temperature have had complex impacts on water resources in the Colorado River Basin. She shares her findings with water resource managers, and is helping to train students to facilitate the integration of climate science into resource management.

IN THIS EPISODE

Connie Woodhouse, Ph.D, Professor in the School of Geography and Development
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D, Regents' Professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience

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