The Effect of Climatic Change on Hydrologic Variablesby Jason R. Westmacott,
Donald H. Burn, (A.M.ASCE),
Abstract: There has been increasing concern about the threat of global warming affecting the earth's climate. This warming scenario, called the greenhouse effect, is believed to be caused by increased concentrations of carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Efforts are being made to evaluate the consequences of potential impacts of climatic change on the earth's natural resources. The main objective of the research presented in this paper is to investigate relationships and expected impacts of climatic change on mean annual streamflow. As the demands placed on the earth's water resources continue to rise, it becomes more important to investigate the likely response of the hydrologic regime to changes in climatic conditions.
Subject Headings: Thermal pollution | Water resources | Hydrology | Global warming | Carbon dioxide | Dissolved gases
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