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Volume 32, Issue 9

  • May 2005
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The ongoing California Drought of 2012-2015: A testbed for understanding regional climate extremes in a warming world

The state of California has experienced the worst meteorological drought in its historical record during 2012-2015. The adverse effects of this multi-year event have been far from uniformly distributed across the region, ranging from remarkably mild in most of California's densely-populated coastal cities to very severe in more rural, agricultural, and wildfire-prone regions. This duality of impacts has created a tale of two very different California droughts—highlighting enhanced susceptibility to climate stresses at the environmental and socioeconomic margins of California. From a geophysical perspective, the persistence of related atmospheric anomalies have raised a number of questions regarding the drought's origins—including the role of anthropogenic climate change. This collection brings together papers published in Geophysical Research Letters on the 2012-2015 California drought.

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