UCLA Newsroom reports, “Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover from drought until 2019: UCLA researchers’ new method could be useful for analyzing snowpack in other mountains.” The study was published today in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters.

“With the consecutive years of ongoing drought, the Sierra Nevada snowpack’s total water volume is in deficit and our analysis shows it will to take a few years for a complete recovery, even if there are above-average precipitation years,” said the study’s principal investigator, Steve Margulis, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Other authors include graduate students Gonzalo Cortés and Laurie Huning, both members of Margulis’ research group at UCLA; Manuela Girotto, a research scientist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and with the Universities Space Research Association in Columbia, Maryland; and Dongyue Li, graduate student, and Michael Durand, associate professor of earth sciences, both of The Ohio State University.

Read the entire article here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/sierra-nevada-snowpack-not-likely-to-recover-from-drought-until-2019