Ongoing global warming raises the hypothesis of an intensification of the hydrological cycle, extreme rainfall events becoming more frequent. However, the strong time–space variability of extreme rainfall.
How dry was year 2015 and how much is year 2016 ? Several extreme droughts happened in 2015. At CESBIO, we monitored several of these events by combining hydrological modelling and remotely sensed surface soil moisture from the SMOS satellite using the CATDS (Centre Aval de Traitement des données SMOS) products. From the implemented algorithm we make root zone soil moisture maps. Water scarcity in the root zone (0-1.5m) is a good indicator for an early warning system for agricultural…
Example of a destructive flood triggered by heavy precipitation, August 22-23, 2005, Sainte-Agnès, France. (Credit: D. Thillet). Floods are among the most destructive natural hazards causing widespread loss of life, damage to infrastructure and economic deprivation. Robust knowledge about their future trends is therefore crucial for the sustainable development of societies worldwide.
via Think Progress: Extreme weather is the new climate reality - Munich RE chart shows increase in geogphical events (red) meteorological events (green), hydrological events (blue), and climatological events (yellow).
An artist's depiction of a habitable planet with two moons orbiting a red dwarf star. A new analysis of Kepler data suggests red dwarfs may host many Earth-like, and potentially habitable, worlds. (David A.