Climate Change Impacts on Boston's Water Supply

by Paul H. Kirshen, (M.ASCE), Water Resources Consultant, Groton, United States,
Neil M. Fennessey, (A.M.ASCE), Water Resources Consultant, Groton, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: The analysis of the climate sensitivity of the water supply system of the Boston area indicates that the water supply has the potential to be dramatically altered by global warming. The impacts of the possible scenarios range from a near 40 percent increase in the safe yield of the reservoir system to a decrease of more than 40 percent. Responses to potential reductions in the safe yield of the existing water delivery system may carry a high cost.

Subject Headings: Climate change | Water supply | Water supply systems | Water resources | Safety | Global warming | Reservoirs | Sensitivity analysis | Boston | North America | Massachusetts | United States

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