Category Archives: hydrology

Conifers capture the snow, but do they intercept it?

If you’ve walked through the forest on a rainy day and noticed that it’s drier under the trees, you’ve experienced interception. In hydrology, interception is when water gets hung up on vegetative leaves, needles, or branches and never makes it … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, hydrology, ice and glaciers, photos

Speak up for NASA’s Earth Science funding

It’s Earth Science Week and Congress is still debating the budget for this fiscal year. That means that science funding is still on the line. The American Geophysical Union is running a campaign encouraging members to speak up for NASA’s … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, hydrology, public science, society

Hurricane Harvey and the Houston Flood: Did Humans Make it Worse? (Part 2: Urbanization)

There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about the role of urbanization in contributing to the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Fortunately, urban hydrology is my specialty, so even though I’ve never been to Houston, I feel like … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geohazards, hydrology, society

August climate impacts stories: Hurricane Harvey, other climate change fueled-floods, and more

August 30th: Harvey reminds us that we should treat climate change as we treat other public health threats. That’s the argument in this New York Times op-ed: Harvey, the storm that humans helped cause. August 29th: The most sobering hot-take … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, hydrology, ice and glaciers, links

#365climateimpacts: A crazy February heatwave and a tornado warning on March 1 (February 16-March 3)

Here are two more weeks of daily climate change impacts stories, as part of my #365climateimpacts project. I didn’t have to go very far from home to find inspiration for this fornight of tweets. We had an incredibly unusual heat … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, geohazards, hydrology, ice and glaciers