A new report from the US Geological Survey shows that cimarrons grasslands in northern California will see massive increases in precipitation as climate change increases the amount of rainfall that is available for planting.
The report was released on Monday.
Cimarrons are grasslands that are commonly used for shade.
The researchers said that the grasslands have already seen the highest levels of rain in the past decade and that they will see another dramatic increase in the coming years.
“California is already experiencing a dry year and a warmer year, so there’s a lot of pressure to have that rain come to the soil, and we know the soil is going to respond,” said study author David L. Hwang, a professor of ecology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Hanging trees are seen in a clearing near a cimarRON pasture in northern Caliornia.
(Photo by Michael Chaney/The Associated Press)The study found that the cimarrones have already experienced an increase in precipitation.
The scientists noted that the current average rainfall is about half of the average annual rainfall in the state, which is a major factor in making the region dry.
Hwa says that this year’s precipitation will be the second-highest recorded in the last decade, after 1998, and is predicted to continue for years to come.
While it is not yet clear how much of this precipitation will come from global warming, the scientists say it could be more than twice the amount predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Hwangs co-author and ecologist Adam G. Hansen said that while there has been a lot more work done on cimarronics over the past few years, there have been a few notable successes.
He pointed to a study from 2009, which showed that the amount that the area of the cimarcroins grasslands saw was higher than that predicted by climate models.
But it wasn’t until 2012 that climate models were updated with more detailed climate data.
The new study was published in the journal Science Advances.
Hwang said that although the area will see increased precipitation, it won’t be enough to sustain all the land that will be planted with cimarronic seeds.
Hwalts team used satellite images to show how the area has been growing.
“There are about 700 acres of land in the central Sierra Nevada where the grass is growing,” he said.
“That’s a significant amount of land.
So we need to think of it as a really big piece of the puzzle.
But that is not enough.
The amount of seed that is being planted in those areas needs to be doubled.”
Hwa says there are many reasons why the area could become more arid in the future.
“In the coming decades, there will be more intense drought, and it will be warmer,” he explained.
“And it will bring more moisture to the surface and it can lead to more evaporation, which could be less rain, which would make the soil dryer.”
Hwang added that this increase in moisture would also affect crops.
“We already have a lot to be concerned about,” he told Newsweek.
“For example, the [garden] seedlings that we planted in the Central Valley last year had a lot in common with the seedlings we planted a few years ago in California.
They all had drought.
We’ve already seen that we need a lot less rain.
And we need more water.
So the question is, are we going to be able to survive the drought, or will we lose the seedling population that we’ve already planted?
We’ll know for sure by the end of this decade.”
Hwa’s research is being funded by the US National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Agriculture.