The Impact of Human-caused Warming on Drought and Fire

The Impact of Human-caused Warming on Drought and Fire

Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Center for Climate and Life Fellow, explores the influence of climate change on droughts and wildfires. With support from the Center for Climate and Life, Williams is using observational datasets to diagnose the main drivers of changes in soil moisture, snowpack, stream flow and wildfire, and the influence that human-induced climate change has had on each. He also uses tree-ring records to compare recent Western U.S. droughts to the megadroughts from the 800s to 1500s that are suspected of uprooting civilizations.

Williams gave a lecture about his research at Lamont’s 2016 Open House—click the image below to watch his talk.

Park Williams at Open House