Drought is plaguing the American Southwest. 2014 was the driest in 120 years, prompting radical redistribution of water, new economic water choices, and shifts in the hydrologic dynamics of forest ecosystems. But what drives these changes and are they likely to continue in the future? Are we on the brink of a regime shift where extreme climate is the norm?
Come hear Dr. Hillary Jenkins, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Redlands, discuss her research into the long-term records of precipitation in California. She will highlight recent changes in the hydrology of California’s forests and provide a glimpse into how these once mighty ecosystems may be irreversibly altered in an ever-warming world.