MONDAY: NOAA to announce new study examining origins, drivers of California drought

Researchers offer insight into predicting future lengthy dry spells


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Posted December 5, 2014

On Monday, NOAA will hold a science briefing to announce findings from a new study examining the ongoing California drought and the role natural variability and human-caused climate change will play in such events in the future. It is the latest and most comprehensive assessment of the drought to-date, building on earlier studies published in September.

The study comes at the beginning of the winter season in California — a critical time of year when the state receives a majority of its annual snows and rains that replenish water supplies for communities and ecosystems. Precipitation amounts the state receives this winter will likely determine if the state sees a fourth year of drought.


NOAA science briefing for the media on new NOAA assessment report, Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought


Monday, December 8, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST (10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST)


  • Richard Seager, report lead author & professor, Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Marty Hoerling, report co-author & researcher, NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory


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