Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UVic Researchers Find Tree Rings Predict Potential for Several Coastal Droughts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UVic Researchers Find Tree Rings Predict Potential for Several Coastal Droughts

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Tree rings harbinger of future droughts: study

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VANCOUVER - Scientists at the University of Victoria say tree-ring data suggest coastal regions of southern British are likely to be hit by severe droughts.

A report recently published in the Journal of Hydrology says droughts in the coming decades could be worse than at any time in the last three to four centuries.

Co-author and PhD graduate Bethany Coulthard compared 350 years of tree-ring data and long-term drought records.

She found at least 16 historical droughts worse than benchmarks used today by hydrologists and water managers in coastal regions.

The findings could have considerable impact on drought predictions for the area.

Coulthard is set to meet next month with drought planners in the province to discuss drought predictions and modelling. …

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