Drought, Meadows, and Climate Change in California’s Sierra Nevada
Drought, Meadows, and Climate Change in California’s Sierra Nevada

Drought, Meadows, and Climate Change in California’s Sierra Nevada

Loney Meadow, in Sierra Nevada, California, is a 40-acre wet meadow facing climate related disturbances to its uniquely important ecosystem. The functions of the meadow, including water filtration and storage, flood attenuation, and carbon storage, are threatened by the extreme weather conditions incited by our changing climate. Since 2014, Earthwatch volunteers have worked in Loney Meadow collecting data, such as the timing and amount of water moving through, the flora and fauna that live in, and amount of carbon being stored and released, that will aid in the restoration of this ecosystem and prove the benefits of restoring the meadow.

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