New England Water Science Center

Climate Change

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Date published: June 29, 2021
Status: Active

Long-Term Data Collection Provides Insight to Changes in Water Resources in New England

Primarily through the efforts of Glenn Hodgkins and Robert Dudley, the New England Water Science Center has been studying historical changes in streamflows, groundwater levels, and lake ice in New England and across the country for 20 years. Glenn and Rob have analyzed a wealth of historical data, including 100+ years of streamflow data and 150+ years of lake-ice data at some locations....

Date published: October 28, 2020
Status: Completed

New England Drought, 2020

Below average and infrequent rainfall from May through September 2020 led to an extreme hydrologic drought across much of New England, with some areas experiencing a flash (quick-onset) drought.

Date published: September 4, 2020
Status: Active

Monitoring Merrimack River Mainstem and Tidal Reaches in Massachusetts to Evaluate Water Quality Conditions, May to September 2020

The Merrimack River watershed, the 4th largest watershed in New England (Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 2001), has seen substantial growth and development in recent years.

Contacts: Jason Sorenson
Date published: July 24, 2020
Status: Active

New England Drought Information

Droughts are among the most costly hydrologic hazards in the United States. They are generally slow in developing, frequently occur over a long period of time, and can affect large areas and populations. The severity of a hydrologic drought is not always obvious until these water supplies are seriously depleted.

Date published: April 24, 2019
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Simeone 20190424

Forest cover is predicted to decline in the western US in the next century, due in part to increased hydraulic stress associated with climate change. There has been a large body of work done on adult trees in natural settings, but a smaller amount has been done on more vulnerable seedlings outside of the greenhouse.

Contacts: Caelan Simeone
Date published: December 17, 2018
Status: Completed

The Connecticut Streamflow and Sustainable Water Use Estimator: A Decision-Support Tool to Estimate Streamflow and Water Availability at Ungaged, User-Defined Stream Locations in Connecticut

The Connecticut streamflow and sustainable water use estimator is a decision-support tool that provides estimates of daily unaltered streamflow, water-use adjusted streamflow (for the portions of the state where water-use data are available), and water availability for ungaged, user-defined sites in Connecticut. 

Date published: December 13, 2018
Status: Completed

Estimation of Daily Streamflow and Water Availability in the Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator, Version 2.0

The Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator is a decision-support tool that provides estimates of daily unaltered streamflow, water-use-adjusted streamflow, and water availability for ungaged, user-defined sites in Massachusetts. In this recently completed study, version 2.0 of the original Sustainable-Yield Estimator (Archfield and others, 2010) was developed with minor changes to the...

Date published: November 16, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Rau 20181116

Demand for biomass bioenergy has been increasing due to consumer choices, and changes in public policy in response to global climate change. Currently, in the United States, unprocessed wood waste is the primary source of biomass for energy production. 

Contacts: Benjamin M Rau
Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Completed

Geospatial Dataset of Wells and Attributes in the New England Groundwater Level Network, 2017

The drought of 2016 affected hydrologic conditions throughout New England. Responses of USGS groundwater observation wells to this event, however, were not uniform and were sometimes markedly different from site to site. Although USGS scientists were able to provide explanations for most of these situations, the event highlighted the need for additional well information to develop quantitative...

Date published: May 24, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Austin 20180524

Climate change raises concern that risks of hydrological drought may be increasing. We estimate hydrological drought probabilities for rivers and streams in the United States (U.S.) using maximum likelihood logistic regression (MLLR).

Date published: May 18, 2018
Status: Active

Towards Understanding the Impact of Drought on the Arsenic Hazard for the Private Domestic Well Population in the United States

The USGS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are examining the potential effects of droughts on the arsenic hazard in private well water across the Nation.

Date published: May 17, 2018
Status: Active

The Influence of Climatic and Land Use Changes on Extreme Streamflows in the U.S.

Hydrologic droughts and floods can have severe impacts on river infrastructure, water supply, and ecosystem functioning.