An interesting perspective - I would add that we can also potentially look to basins that had large lakes in warm intervals like the Pliocene
Opinion | California Could Capture Its Destructive Floodwaters to Fight Drought - The New York Times
There are actually former lakes in arid regions of the western US that were likely much larger during past warm climate intervals, and indeed even cool intervals. Paleoclimate scientists, including my group, are working on understanding what drove greater water storage in these lakes during intervals like the Pliocene or last Glacial Maximum, and what lessons we could learn for the present. If you're curious, here's a couple recent papers from our group that address this topic:
For those of us that work with geochemistry or models to understand past change, the editorial proposes an interesting potential application of our work! But lots of details remain to be worked out...
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