Park Williams and Richard Seager, climate experts at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discuss why California wildfires are expected to expand and intensify with climate change.
The ability to monitor deforestation and fires from satellites is now routine. Political will is the main ingredient, writes Ruth DeFries, a Columbia University environmental geographer.
A new study combs through the many factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many, though not all, cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.
Funding from the Zegar Family Foundation will enable Williams to create a tool to help scientists better understand how wildfires in the Western United States may behave in the future.
A new study shows that some of Yellowstone National Park’s forests may now be at a climate tipping point, and could be replaced by grassland by the middle of this century.