Global Climate Change—Implications for Large Water Resource Systems

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by B. A. Miller, TVA Engineering Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering:

Abstract: Prospects of global climatic change resulting from the greenhouse effect are causing increasing concern. Predicted increases in average global temperatures are likely to be accompanied by changes in the magnitude and distribution of key climatic variables. These changes would significantly alter regional hydrologic cycles and the ability of water resource systems to meet competitive water use demands. This paper presents an overview of the climate change issue, implications for large reservoir systems, and considerations for addressing the issue in the near term.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Climate change | Reservoirs | Thermal pollution | Hydrology | Temperature distribution | Water use | Meteorology |

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