Effects of Climate Change on Water Quality

by G. K. Meyer, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
G. T. Orlob, Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


This research explores the potential effects of climate change on the quality of waters in lakes. Temperature and dissolved oxygen were considered the primary water quality variables due to their direct impact on cold water fish. Shasta Lake, California was used as case study. Quantitative estimates of the effects of climate change were evaluated probabilistically with time series models of boundary conditions. Results presented are comparisons of present and future climatic conditions in terms of frequency and severity of exceeding threshold levels of water temperature necessary for the survival of anadromous chinook salmon in the Sacramento River below Lake Shasta.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Lakes | Climate change | Temperature measurement | Water temperature | Temperature effects | Rivers and streams | California | United States

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