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Bureau of Geology Director Dr. Nelia Dunbar discusses harsh realities of ongoing drought in New Mexico

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Observed annual temperature (red) and precipitation (blue) averaged over the state of New Mexico, 1931-2020. Source: updated from NM Universities Working Group (2015) and (Gutzler, 2020). Horizontal lines depict 10-year decadal averages for each calendar decade.
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— July 23, 2021

Reporters Scott Wyland of the Santa Fe New Mexican and Theresa Davis of the Albuquerque Journal newspaper wrote detailed news articles about a climate webinar hosted by Dr. Nelia Dunbar, director of the Bureau of Geology at NMT, and Rolf Schmidt-Petersen, director of the Interstate Stream Commission. The pair of scientists discussed the third phase of the 50-year water plan commissioned by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

In the webinar, Dunbar and Rolf Schmidt-Petersen, director of the Interstate Stream Commission, discussed the harsh realities of what has been called a megadrought gripping the Southwest as the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to increase.

Links to articles:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/officials-new-mexico-must-prepare-for-less-water-in-next-half-century/article_d898e76a-e8ac-11eb-a5b7-63deee73e361.html

https://www.abqjournal.com/2412256/2070-weather-forecast-for-nm-predicts-hotter-drier-weather-ex-states-changing-climate-spells-uncertainty-for-water-and-land-2.html