The Missouri River: A Story of Two Basins

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00
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Connie Woodhouse
Regents’ professor in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment
Ramzi Touchan and Ann Lynch
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The Missouri River is unusual because of its two main source regions, one in the high headwaters and one close to the mouth of the river.  In this talk, I report the results of research which explored the hydroclimatology of the basin to better understand the climatic controls on the two parts of the basin, the contribution of the snowmelt-driven streamflow to total Missouri River flow, and the nature of droughts in the instrumental record.  I will also discuss the first comprehensive set of streamflow reconstructions for the upper Missouri River, and the Turn-of-the-21st Century drought in a 1200-year context.