|Water Resources in a Changing Climate: Hydrologic Scenario Development for Long-range Planning|
April 30, 2003
Climate change is expected to have significant effects on water resources in the western United States and Canada. While specific changes will vary with location and basin type, for much of the west, warming temperatures are expected to:
These impacts may, in turn, affect a wide range of water resource management objectives, including municipal and industrial water supply, hydropower generation, irrigation supply, water quality, and instream flows for endangered species.
Water resource managers are now beginning to consider how climate change may impact their operations and how to best manage for those projected impacts. To support these efforts, the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group and several western U.S. and British Columbia climate research centers hosted a one day workshop on April 30, 2003, in Seattle, Washington on interpreting and integrating climate change scenarios into long-range water resources planning.
The meeting provided participants with an overview of:
sessions on technical needs and key issues in climate change
scenario development and planning were also scheduled.
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