Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Blame 'the blob'

Ocean conditions contributed to 2015 toxic algal bloom

NASA

University of Washington

A study led by researchers at the University of Washington and NOAA connects the unprecedented West Coast toxic algal bloom of 2015 that closed fisheries from southern California to northern British Columbia to the unusually warm ocean conditions — nicknamed “the blob” — in winter and spring of that year. While the blob was a one-time event that was not due to global warming, it provides a window into what climate change might look like.

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Study: Reservoirs play role in global warming

Washington State University

Washington State University researchers say the world’s reservoirs are an underappreciated source of greenhouse gases, producing the equivalent of roughly 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide a year, or 1.3 percent of all greenhouse gases produced by humans. That’s more greenhouse gas production than all of Canada. Acre per acre, reservoirs emit 25 percent more methane than previously thought.

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NRCS plans to analyze every Idaho basin

Capital Press

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will evaluate every Idaho basin with specialized computer software to identify gaps in its network of snow survey sites, which are used to monitor snowpack. Identifying and addressing the monitoring program’s gaps should eventually contribute to more accurate and timely stream-flow forecasts and facilitate better water management.

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