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Quoted in Mercury Newspaper Article on Sea Level and South SF Bay

Here is a new article in the San Jose Mercury News with some quotes based on our new work on sea level rise and marshes in the southern San Francisco Bay. How Drawbridge is drowning — and what it means for our future Rising seas and sinking muds doom once-vibrant ghost town   The ghost town of Drawbridge is seen from this drone view near San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The town was formerly known as Saline City, and was abandoned decades ago and is now slowly sinking into the marsh. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)   By Lisa M. Krieger | | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 17, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: July 17, 2018 at 9:17 am   A century ago, the island town of Drawbridge held 90 homes, hotels and cabins, with hunting so bountiful that dead ducks served as currency at its gambling tables. Now — in a rare act of reverse colonization — civilization is ceding to the elements in this windswept …

LA Weekly on Our New PLoS 1 Paper regarding Climate Change and Fire

LA Weekly published and article on our new PLoS 1 paper on climate change in California and the Southwest. You can see the scientific paper here – Loisel J, MacDonald GM, Thomson MJ (2017) Little Ice Age climatic erraticism as an analogue for future enhanced hydroclimatic variability across the American Southwest. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186282.

Time Magazine Interview on California Fires

I was recently interviewed by Time Magazine on the 2017 California wildfire season.  The combination of high precipitation in the winter promoting much fine fuel growth, the long period since last significant rainfall and the high summer temperatures being experiences in Southern California have produced a dangerous situation.  The main unknown in the equation is the frequency and timing of ignition sources. Let’s hope for the best. Read the Time article here –

Seal Beach Earthquake Study in the News

Evidence for coseismic subsidence events in a southern California coastal saltmarsh Our lab collaborated on a recent paleoseismology at the Seal Beach Marsh using foraminifera to identify subsidence events related to the Newport-Inglewood fault.  The study was published in Reports and drew coverage in the Los Angeles Times.  Rob Leeper, formerly USGS and now at UC Riverside was the leader of the work. Much thanks to Dr. Simona Avnaim-Katav in our UCLA lab for the foram work. Take home message – the fault, which transects an important built-up area of Southern California is more active than assumed. Read LA Times Article here – Scientific paper  is here –

International Press Coverage on Drought Study

Wow! Our drought study – MacDonald, G. M., Moser, K.A., Bloom, A. M., Potito, A.P., Porinchu, D.F., Holmquist, J.R., Hughes, J. and Kremenetski, K.V. 2016. Prolonged California aridity linked to climate warming and Pacific sea surface temperature. Nature.Com/Sci. Rep. 6, 33325; – garnered international press coverage in print, online, television and radio. It was really quite something.  The headlines and stories were a bit more sensational than our rather conservative wording in the actual article.  That being said – it is good idea at this time to consider that California and the West is likely to be more arid in the coming decades, from higher temperatures and evaporation rates if nothing else, and we should some serious thinking and planning. Hopefully this media attention will help get people thinking about these challenges in California and the Southwest.  The thing that worries me is that although we might be able to develop engineering and conservation strategies for the water applied to our farms and cities, we will not be able to irrigate the vast areas …