Drought After Drought

Aug 10, 2017

It takes more than one wet year to recover from a severe drought. What if the next drought arrives soon after?

Credit CSIRO

A new study published August 10 in Nature seeks to understand the ways in which ecosystems across the world recover from drought. It finds that, if a new drought arrives before the ecosystem has recovered from a previous drought, the entire ecosystem may change for good.

William Anderegg,  Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Utah, is one of the study's authors and joins us to discuss his findings. It's far from a dry subject.