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New study holds implications for future water supply in the Colorado River Basin

Monsoon rain in the East River, Colorado. Cover Image of Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 47, Issue 23. Image credit: Xavier Fane.

An SFA study led by Rosemary Carroll (Desert Research Institute) found that where rain falls within a Colorado River headwater basin strongly effects whether that rain makes it to the stream.

Co-authored by SFA collaborator David Gochis (NCAR) and SFA Field deputy Ken Williams (LBNL), the study suggests that in a warmer future, summer rains are likely to produce less streamflow, adding to water challenges caused by decreasing snowpack. Read more ยป