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Highlights 2018

2018 Research Highlights

Future Hydrologic Extremes of the Red River Basin

June 6, 2018

Hydrologic extremes of drought and flooding stress water resources and damage communities in the Red River basin, located in the south-central United States. For example, the summer of 2011 was the third driest summer in Oklahoma state history and the driest in Texas state history…. Click here to read more.

Observed Changes in Climate and Streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande Basin

June 2018

Observed streamflow and climate data are used to test the hypothesis that climate change is already affecting Rio Grande streamflow volume derived from snowmelt runoff in ways consistent with model-based projections of 21st-Century streamflow…. Click here to read more.

Future Southcentral US Wildfire Probability due to Climate Change

February 26, 2018

Globally, changing fire regimes due to climate is one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and society. In this paper, we present projections of future fire probability for the southcentral USA using downscaled climate projections and the Physical Chemistry Fire Frequency Model (PC2FM)…. Click here to read more.

Predicting Sky Island Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change


In the southwestern United States, desert mountain ranges are “islands” of forest in a sea of dry grasslands and desert shrubs. It is likely that this region will face a hotter climate in the future…. Click here to read more.

Landscape Conservation Design for Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Wetlands in the Face of Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Development

April 12, 2018

Coastal wetlands provide many valuable benefits to people and wildlife, including critical habitat, improved water quality, reduced flooding impacts, and protected coastlines. However, in the 21st century, accelerated sea-level rise and coastal development are expected to greatly alter coastal landscapes across the globe…. Click here to read more. .

Climate 101

November 5, 2018

On November 5th, the SC CASC held a Climate 101 training at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute as part of the National Tribal GIS conference’s slate of pre-conference workshops… Click here to read more.