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Assessing Regional Impacts Of "Snow Droughts"


Environmental engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new framework for characterizing snow droughts around the world. Using this tool to analyze conditions from 1980 to 2018, the researchers found a 28-percent increase in the length of intensified snow-water deficits in the Western United States during the second half of the study period. Results from the application of the new snow-water equivalent index and implications for human populations in impacted regions are covered in a study published today.