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Climate-Induced Soil Changes may Cause More Erosion and Flash Flooding

A University of California- Riverside (UCR) team of researchers predicts a climate-induced reduction in large soil pores, which may intensify the water cycle and contribute to more flash flooding and soil erosion by the end of the 21st century. This is the first study to show that the development of macropores is influenced by climate at short timescales and it reinforces the hypothesis that climate change will probably intensify the water cycle.

NIFA supports this research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Read the full story at UCR News. Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

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