A feature article on Chelsea Arnold’s dissertation research on the coupled hydrological and biogeochemical implications of the ongoing drought in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California was published by the University of California Office of the President.
The article authored by Susan Suleiman states that “Carpeting the high valleys of Yosemite and other parts of the Sierra Nevada, mountain meadows are more than an iconic part of the California landscape. The roughly 17,000 high altitude meadows help regulate the release of Sierra snow melt into rivers and streams.
But climate change and California’s severe drought threaten to permanently alter these fragile and important ecosystems, according to research by Chelsea Arnold, who was awarded a doctorate in environmental systems from UC Merced in May. Her findings reveal that soil changes already are taking place that could have long-term implications for California’s water supply.”
The full article is available at the UC Office of the President’s website