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Matthew Garcia
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  • October 9, 2012
  • 12:00 AM

Monday Infographics: Indian Rivers Inter-Link

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

To ease water supply and food troubles, India is working on one of the largest inter-basin water transfer efforts in the world...... Read more »

Kumar, R., R.D. Singh, & K.D. Sharma. (2005) Water resources of India. Current Science, 794-811. info:/

Krishna Kumar, K.,, M. Hoerling, & B. Rajagopalan. (2005) Advancing dynamical prediction of Indian monsoon rainfall. Geophysical Research Letters, 32(L08704). DOI: 10.1029/2004GL021979  

Turner, A.G., & H. Annamalai. (2012) Climate change and the South Asian summer monsoon. Nature Climate Change, 587-595. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1495  

Wang, B., Q. Ding, X. Fu, I.-S. Kang, K. Jin, J. Shukla, & F. Doblas-Reyes. (2005) Fundamental challenge in simulation and prediction of summer monsoon rainfall. Geophysical Research Letters, 32(L15711). DOI: 10.1029/2005GL022734  

  • March 21, 2012
  • 01:00 AM

Chinese Dam Building Tests Southeast Asian Resilience

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

China’s hydropower development activities on the Mekong and Salween Rivers are a clear illustration of the country’s potentially destabilizing strategy, with both diplomatic and environmental impacts, in Southeast Asia...... Read more »

  • October 16, 2011
  • 06:00 PM

World Food Day / Blog Action Day

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

Today is World Food Day, as designated by the United Nations on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945, and as such is this year's Blog Action Day on the topic of food...... Read more »

  • July 28, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Book Review: "Elixir" by Brian Fagan

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

"Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind" by Brian Fagan, published in 2011 by Bloomsbury Press, New York NY, ISBN 978-1-60819-003-4
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Evans, D., Pottier, C., Fletcher, R., Hensley, S., Tapley, I., Milne, A., & Barbetti, M. (2007) A comprehensive archaeological map of the world's largest preindustrial settlement complex at Angkor, Cambodia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(36), 14277-14282. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0702525104  

  • July 7, 2011
  • 01:01 AM

Forests and Water, part 2: Razing Arizona...

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

As I post this, the 2011 Wallow Fire in the the Apache National Forest in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico (pictured in part 1) has become the largest wildfire in Arizona's history (~540,000 acres) and is finally under a significant level of containment. The Wallow Fire was started, it seems, by people; it was fueled, however, by an ongoing southwestern drought and nearly a century of forest and wildlands mismanagement that have left massive quantities of vulnerable tinder in place. ........ Read more »

  • June 23, 2011
  • 09:00 PM

Forests and Water, part 1: Where there's smoke...

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

Global climate change and regional drought, coupled with population growth and traditional forest resource management policies, have led to land cover changes and resource challenges across the southwestern U.S. Scientists, researchers, and natural resource managers seek to understand the hydro-ecological impacts of climate variability while the needs of the community, the spread of invasive species, and the threat of catastrophic forest fires persist...... Read more »

Swetnam, T.W., & J.L. Betancourt. (1998) Mesoscale disturbance and ecological response to decadal climatic variability in the American southwest. Journal of Climate, 3128-3147. info:/

Radeloff, V., Hammer, R., Stewart, S., Fried, J., Holcomb, S., & McKeefry, J. (2005) THE WILDLAND–URBAN INTERFACE IN THE UNITED STATES. Ecological Applications, 15(3), 799-805. DOI: 10.1890/04-1413  

Seager, R., Ting, M., Held, I., Kushnir, Y., Lu, J., Vecchi, G., Huang, H., Harnik, N., Leetmaa, A., Lau, N.... (2007) Model Projections of an Imminent Transition to a More Arid Climate in Southwestern North America. Science, 316(5828), 1181-1184. DOI: 10.1126/science.1139601  

Adams, H., Guardiola-Claramonte, M., Barron-Gafford, G., Villegas, J., Breshears, D., Zou, C., Troch, P., & Huxman, T. (2009) Temperature sensitivity of drought-induced tree mortality portends increased regional die-off under global-change-type drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(17), 7063-7066. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0901438106  

van Mantgem, P., Stephenson, N., Byrne, J., Daniels, L., Franklin, J., Fule, P., Harmon, M., Larson, A., Smith, J., Taylor, A.... (2009) Widespread Increase of Tree Mortality Rates in the Western United States. Science, 323(5913), 521-524. DOI: 10.1126/science.1165000  

Barnett, T., Pierce, D., Hidalgo, H., Bonfils, C., Santer, B., Das, T., Bala, G., Wood, A., Nozawa, T., Mirin, A.... (2008) Human-Induced Changes in the Hydrology of the Western United States. Science, 319(5866), 1080-1083. DOI: 10.1126/science.1152538  

Pierce, D., Barnett, T., Hidalgo, H., Das, T., Bonfils, C., Santer, B., Bala, G., Dettinger, M., Cayan, D., Mirin, A.... (2008) Attribution of Declining Western U.S. Snowpack to Human Effects. Journal of Climate, 21(23), 6425-6444. DOI: 10.1175/2008jcli2405.1  

Marlon, J., Bartlein, P., Walsh, M., Harrison, S., Brown, K., Edwards, M., Higuera, P., Power, M., Anderson, R., Briles, C.... (2009) Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(8), 2519-2524. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0808212106  

Williams, J., Jackson, S., & Kutzbach, J. (2007) Projected distributions of novel and disappearing climates by 2100 AD. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(14), 5738-5742. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0606292104  

Adams, D., & Comrie, A. (1997) The North American Monsoon. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 78(10), 2197-2213. DOI: 10.1175/1520-0477(1997)0782.0.CO;2  

  • March 18, 2011
  • 05:01 PM

Canada Water Week: Climate Change in British Columbia

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

In support of Canada Water Week (14 - 22 March) I pledged to Water Canada that I would post an article on the status of hydro-electric projects in the western province of British Columbia (BC), including the potential impacts of climate change on the operation of current facilities and the feasibility of planned projects.  I may range a bit beyond that planned topic, however, with some more ... Read more »

Milly, P., J. Betancourt, M. Falkenmark, R. Hirsch, Z. Kundzewicz, D. Lettenmaier, & R. Stouffer. (2008) Stationarity Is Dead: Whither Water Management?. Science, 319(5863), 573-574. DOI: 10.1126/science.1151915  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 11:41 PM

National Groundwater Awareness Week

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

Last week (6 - 12 March) was National Groundwater Awareness Week in the United States.  Did you notice?  Were there lots of events and celebrations in your area, public agencies and private water companies getting out to spread the word, giveaways and picnics (weather-permitting) and frivolity and whatnot in honor of groundwater? Did you tell your neighbors and friends about... Read more »

Rodell, M., Velicogna, I., & Famiglietti, J. (2009) Satellite-based estimates of groundwater depletion in India. Nature, 460(7258), 999-1002. DOI: 10.1038/nature08238  

Amelung, F., D.L. Galloway, J.W. Bell, H.A. Zebker, & R.J. Laczniak. (1999) Sensing the ups and downs of Las Vegas - InSAR reveals structural control of land subsidence and aquifer-system deformation. Geology, 483-486. info:/

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