U.S. Geological Survey, UCLA study shows loss of vegetation in the Southwest will lead to more frequent and intense dust storms
By Summit Voice
A new study shows the storms more frequent and intense as global warming kills desert vegetation.
A research team from the U.S. Geological Survey and UCLA looked at climate, vegetation and soil measurements collected over a 20-year period in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah. Long-term data indicated that perennial vegetation in grasslands and some shrublands declined with temperature increases. The study then used these soil and vegetation measurements in a model to project future wind erosion. (more…)
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