Monday, July 18, 2011

Whitewater boating and climate change

Scott Ligare photo.
Scott Ligare and Josh Viers of UC Davis have posted results of research into the effects of climate change on whitewater boating in the Sierra on UC Davis' California WaterBlog. Under mild warming (+2° C or 3.6°F), changes in runoff are likely to increase the average number of boatable weeks per year. However, under extreme warming (+6° C or 10.6° F) there will be a significant decrease in the average boatable weeks per year across the Sierra Nevada. These results vary depending upon location and gradient of the run. Read more on the UC Davis California WaterBlog.