American Society of Civil Engineers

Climate Change and Its Influence on International Water Sharing

by Stephen E. Draper, (The Stephen E. Draper Center & Archives for the Study of Water Law & Policy, 1401 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30309 E-mail:
Section: International, pp. 2052-2066, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries
Abstract: The issue of climate change is a major potential impediment to effective long-range policies and management of water resources. Recently the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published a report revealing clear evidence that global climate change is occurring as this is written. This undeniable evidence of climate change must be a significant facor in water manageent since it challenges adds significant uncertainty to the reliability of past hydrologic records. This risk of uncertainty is especially disturbing for effective water sharing across jurisdictional bundaries. This article summarizes the risks to existing transboundary water sharing agreements imposed by climate change as well as identifies those agreements most at risk.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Climate change
International factors
Water resources