Richard Seager Sees Hand of Climate Change in Drought

by |May 29, 2017

California’s wet and snowy winter brought welcome relief from a years-long drought that has challenged the state’s water supply and agricultural system. But climate scientist Richard Seager of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory offers words of caution: Remember what happened, because it will happen again. Beyond the variable climate that historically has brought wet and dry years to the American Southwest, Seager’s and others’ research shows a larger trend emerging. Human induced climate change is altering the system, pushing the region into a warmer and drier climate that will see longer and more severe droughts down the road. Seager, Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, is dedicated to understanding why that is happening.

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