The Effect of Climatic Change on Hydrologic Variables

by Jason R. Westmacott,
Donald H. Burn, (A.M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


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: Climate change | Water resources | Thermal pollution | Streamflow | Hydrology | Hydrologic properties | Global warming

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