According to a new analysis that was made possible by NASA space and airborne measurements, the state of California will need about 11 trillions gallons of water to recover from its ongoing drought. That’s a lot of water!
Such data are giving scientists the ability to identify important features of droughts such as determining precisely when they begin and end and what their magnitude is at any moment in time. This data can be used to inform water management decisions. Discovering this new data is a huge improvement from ground-based observations made in the past, and scientists are hoping that the new space and airborne measurements can help us to improve our understanding of the drought– such as the estimated volume of water to end an episode of drought.
We are grateful to the many people helping to increase the well-being of Californian’s and all those who will be affected by this drought. We all need water!