Climate Change: What the North American Water Engineer Should Know

by Maurice Roos, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Long-range forecasts of future global warming have been made based on the increase in carbon dioxide and trace gases in the air from human activities. Potential changes which would especially affect water resources systems are changing runoff patterns, sea level rise, and (less sure) possibly larger floods. These changes, if they occur, would have a substantial effect on water supply and other aspects of a water engineer's vocation. Although the uncertainty of future climate change and impacts is high, water engineers should look at their systems to see how vulnerable they may be to climate change and what can be done to meet today's needs but still ensure a measure of protection from potential future problems.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Climate change | Water supply | Global warming | Carbon dioxide | Water level | Uncertainty principles

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