The Drought Impacts on Regional Ecosystems Network (DIREnet) fosters and facilitates research on drought effects and the potential role of global climate change on the Southwest’s major ecosystems. Much of what DIREnet does is bring scientists and land managers together to plan and conduct research, but here you will find a portal to data, published research, news, and much more.
The Southwest is projected to become warmer and more arid in response to climate change during the 21st century. More severe and longer droughts may also be part of the region’s future. How these changes will affect the Southwest’s forests and woodlands is of increasing concern. Millions of trees throughout the Southwest were killed by bark beetle outbreaks, fires, and other factors linked to drought and warming during the first decade of the century alone.