New Waves March 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Managing water resources in a changing climate

In a report last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided estimates of how climate may change in the coming decades and how changes in temperature and precipitation may change hydrologic conditions.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has followed up with their own study.

This USGS conclusive report, titled "Climate Change and Water Resources Management: A Federal Perspective," explores strategies to improve water management by tracking, anticipating, and responding to climate change. The report describes the existing science and future science needed to address the many impacts of climate change on water resources management.

Water managers can use this report to support their efforts to provide water to communities and farms, generate power for cities, sustain ecological systems, and protect lives and homes from floods.

The USGS report is co-authored by Levi Brekke, Julie Kiang, J. Rolf Olsen, Roger Pulwarty, David Raff, D. Phil Turnipseed, Robert Webb, and Kathleen White.

View the USGS report.

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