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AGU journal highlights -- Sept. 9, 2009

The following highlights summarize research papers that have been published in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) or the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres (JGR-D).

In this release:

  1. Dry years getting drier in Pacific Northwest
  2. Explaining the rainfall-humidity relationship
  3. Radioactive tracers illuminate ancient solar cycles
  4. New clues found in Saturn rotation mystery
  5. Flapping sheet affects Saturn's magnetism
  6. Balancing Earth's energy budget
  7. Ancient Antarctica had more room for ice than was thought

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1. Dry years getting drier in Pacific Northwest

The effects of climate change on the water cycle have important implications for water management as well as for aquatic and terrestrial ecology. Most recent studies of annual streamflow in the Pacific Northwest have looked at the mean or median streamflow and have found little or no change during recent decades. However, Luce and Holden point out that in addition to the average flow, it is important to have a c

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