The Levant region, comprising Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Iraq, as well as countries along the Central American “Dry Corridor,” including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, suffer from frequent drought and heavy precipitation events. Drought induces stress on water resources and the agricultural community, which can serve as catalysts to conflict.
Originally Published by Environment Research Web — The Harvard team’s study suggests wildfire seasons by 2050 will be about three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area in the western states. The findings are based on a set of internationally recognized climate scenarios, decades of historical meteorological data, and records of past fire activity.
The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission will offer a new generation of space-borne precipitation measurements, building on the success of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, launched in 1997. The advancements can help us understand the impacts and better predict the future behavior of extreme weather events like landslides, floods and cyclones.