Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources: Results from a Study by the American Association for Advancement of Science

by John C. Schaake, Jr., Natl Weather Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The time horizon of the changes that might occur is similar to the time required for planning, approval, funding, construction and economic life of such major water facilities as dams, irrigation canals, treatment plants and drainage systems. The report of the AAAS study considers the prospects for climate change, the relationships between climate and hydrology, and the possible effects of climate change on floods, droughts, irrigated agriculture, water supply, water quality, recreation and wildlife, urban water systems, and hydro-power. Economic and political implications are discussed. The study concludes that the consequences of global warming on water systems throughout the United States will be significant, widespread, and expensive to mitigate.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Water resources | Economic factors | Climate change | Water-based recreation | Water treatment plants | Water supply systems | United States

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