Evaluating hydrologic change in a semi-arid city : the impacts of land cover, water consumption, and policy directives on local water fluxes in Los Angeles, CA
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California experienced one of its worst droughts in recorded history from 2013-2015, resulting in the first statewide mandatory water restriction. The stated restrictions specifically targeted urban water use, with a major focus on outdoor irrigation. With over 80% of the U.S. population living in urban centers, many of which are water-scarce cities, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the numerous impacts of urbanization and water management policies on local hydrologic fluxes. Two of the most common land cover types associated with urban regions are impervious surfaces and ...