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Sept. 7 Brown Bag – Deconstructing the Current California Drought

One of a series previewing the upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016


Wednesday, September 7, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT


Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814


Michael Dettinger, Ph.D., US Geological Survey Senior Scientist - Research Hydrologist


California, currently in its fifth year of severe drought, is now identified with large shifts towards persistent dry periods, separated by large storms, and accompanied by record-breaking warm temperatures. These conditions are characteristic of droughts projected to accompany climate change.


Dr. Michael Dettinger will present his analysis of the multi-year deficits that have accumulated during this drought including deficits in precipitation, snowpack, streamflow, reservoir storage, hydropower generation, etc. By converting these deficits into comparable units, he can assess the collective effects of the drought and identify which resources have recovered and which have not.


This Brown Bag seminar is one of a series previewing the upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016. Coordinated by the Delta Stewardship Council, State of Bay-Delta Science is series of 15 publications that summarize our current scientific understanding of the Bay-Delta, and will include a report by Dr. Michael Dettinger on climate change, and implications for water-supply reliability and ecosystems in the Delta.


To view the informational flyer, please click here.

To read the peer-reviewed article published in SFEWS, please click here.

Click below to view the video from the seminar.


Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)