Weather Effects

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Dramatic declines in snowpack in the western US

View article. This report found that records across the western US now show declines, of which 33% are significant (vs. 5% expected by chance) and 2% are significant and positive (vs. 5%...

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Sensitivity of US wildfire occurrence to pre-season soil moisture conditions across ecosystems

View article. This study found that cross-validated results generally indicate a higher occurrence of smaller fires when months preceding fire season are wet, while larger fires are more frequent when soils are...

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Severe fire weather potential mapping system

View interactive map. A mobile-friendly, current, interactive fire risk map.

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Great Basin Weather Applications

Access website. Data, weather, and tools to provide timely and site-specific information about long-term patterns of weather and microsite variability for rangeland restoration planning and management.

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Weather variability and forecasting tools for short and long term restoration planning

In this webinar, Stuart Hardegree, Plant Physiologist, USDA ARS Northwest Watershed Research Center, Boise, ID, discusses weather variability and forecasting tools for short- and long-term restoration planning in the Great Basin. Webinar...

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Climate, weather, and sagebrush seed sources: Experimental insights on challenges and opportunities

In this webinar, Matt Germino, Research Ecologist, USGS Snake River Field Station, discusses experimental insights on challenges and opportunities regarding climate, weather, and sagebrush seed sources. Webinar recording

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Using weather data and adaptive management to improve the probabilities of successful revegetation

Webinar brief. In this webinar, Stuart Hardegree, Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, Northwest Watershed Research Center discusses weather impacts on the restoration planning cycle, and describes a weather-centric approach for adaptive management planning on rangelands...

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Defining ecological drought for the 21st century

View paper. This paper defines the term ecological drought as an episodic deficit in water availability that drives ecosystems beyond thresholds of vulnerability, impacts ecosystem services, and triggers feedbacks in natural and/or human...

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Weather-centric rangeland revegetation planning

View article. Skillful seasonal climate forecasts could greatly improve the cost efficiency of management treatments by limiting revegetation activities to time periods where forecasts suggest higher probabilities of successful seedling establishment. Climate-change...

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Response of aboveground carbon balance to long-term, experimental enhancements in precipitation seasonality is contingent on plant community type in cold-desert rangelands

View article. This study measured aboveground C pools and fluxes at leaf, soil, and ecosystem scales over a single growing season in plots that had 200 mm of supplemental precipitation added in either...

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