Climate Change and Water Management Flexibility

by Linda L. Nash, Pacific Inst for Studies in, Development, Environment, and, Security, Berkeley, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


Changes in regional climate expected to occur as a result of the accumulation of greenhouse gases may have significant impacts on water resources. In this paper, I examine the sensitivity of water supply in the Colorado River Basin to plausible scenarios of climate-affected runoff. The results suggest that the system is vulnerable to even moderate changes in the streamflow regime.

Subject Headings: Water management | Climate change | Water resources | Rivers and streams | Runoff | Sensitivity analysis | Thermal pollution | Climates | Colorado River

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