Working paper on water and conflict

I and Eric Sjöberg, an environmental economist colleague in the US, have investigated the influence on climate on conflict and cooperation in international river basins. Our results are now published as a working paper from the University of Utah. We find that effects are complex, but that more water availability generally is associated with more positive outcomes. You can find the paper at this link.

Talk on Arctic discharge monitoring under climate change at AGU

On Thursday, Dec 15 at 9.15-9.30, I will have a talk at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This presentation is about work together with Richard Lammers and Alexander Shiklomanov at UNH, where we evaluate discharge changes in the pan-Arctic during this century. Our analysis is the first to present a detailed account of Arctic discharge changes based on hydrological modeling and multi-scenario data from CMIP5, the latest set of coordinated global climate model runs. We also devise a method to determine where stations should be placed to monitor these changes and identify a set of hot-spot areas. Hope to see you there (Moscone West 3005), and drop me a note if you want to meet at AGU!

Arctic Freshwater Synthesis in EOS Editors’ Vox

The blog of AGU journal editors, the EOS Editors’ Vox, today highlights our JGR special issue from the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis. This is very timely as the White House hosted the Arctic Science Ministerial on the same day. Several of the key themes of the ministerial were prominent also in the AFS, particularly the extra-Arctic effects of freshwater change and the importance of data sharing. Hopefully, freshwater will in the future be an Arctic policy priority that reflects its scientific importance.

New Publication Released: The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate

The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate report has now been released. The report is an assessment produced jointly by AMAP, WCRP-CliC and IASC, and is available for download here.

The AFS Summary report is based on papers that have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. These papers are the key scientific deliverables of the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis project that I have co-chaired for the last couple of years.

Arctic freshwater synthesis paper out in JGR

One of the component papers of the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis, with a focus on terrestrial hydrology, is now out in Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. A pdf of the accepted paper is also available here. In this paper, we review the central freshwater processes in the terrestrial Arctic drainage and how they function and change across seven hydro-physiographical regions (Arctic tundra, boreal plains, shield, mountains, grasslands, glaciers/ice caps, and wetlands). We also highlight links between terrestrial hydrology and other components of the Arctic freshwater system.

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