A recent Los Angeles Times article cites research by UCLA professors Glen MacDonald (Geography, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and IoES) and Alex Hall (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences) in its discussion about California’s impending response to climate change. According to a study authored by MacDonald, changes in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean are difficult to predict and “we simply cannot take off the table the possibility that the eastern Pacific will cool,” causing “La Nina-like conditions exacerbating aridity in California.” A study co-authored by Hall in 2014 suggests that overall rainfall amounts in Southern California will remain stable in decades to come.
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Additional coverage on the study:
Climate change could extend California’s drought Los Angeles Daily News, 22 Sep 2016
Think California’s current drought is bad? Past incarnations have lasted hundreds of years The Washington Post, 19 Sep 2016
Pacific Ocean’s response to greenhouse gases could extend California drought for centuries UCLA Newsroom, 15 Sep 2016
Global warming could make the drought last for a century, says UCLA study L.A. Daily News, 15 Sep 2016