Forests, grasslands could become drier in wetter climate

U.S. national forests and grasslands could yield less freshwater in future climate, even with increases in precipitation.

A warmer climate may lead to higher growth and productivity on U.S. national forests and grasslands, but university and U.S. Forest Service researchers reported that this could reduce quantities of freshwater flowing from most of these lands, even with increases in precipitation.

The research was published recently in Scientific Reports.

"The national forests and grasslands managed by the U.S. Forest Service represent only 9% of the U.S. land area but play an import

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