Climate Change and Water Resources
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
Current perspectives on global climate change based on recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are presented. Impacts of a greenhouse warming that are likely to affect water planning and evaluation include changes in precipitation and runoff patterns, sea level rise, land use and population shifts following from these effects, and changes in water demands. Irrigation water demands are particularly sensitive to changes in precipitation, temperature, and carbon dioxide levels. Despite recent advances in climate change science, great uncertainty remains as to how and when climate will change and how these changes will affect the supply and demand for water at the river basin and watershed levels, which are of most interest to planners. To place the climate-induced uncertainties in perspective, the influence on the supply and demand for water of non-climate factors such as population, technology, economic conditions, social and political factors, and the values society places on alternative water uses are considered.
- Ayers, M.A., Wolock, D.M., McCabe, G.J., Hay, L.E., and Tasker, G.D.: 1993, ‘Sensitivity of Water Resources in the Delaware Basin to Climate Variability and Change’, Open File Report 92-52, U.S. Geological Survey, West Trenton, NJ.
- Boland, J.J.: ‘Assessing Urban Water Use and the Role of Water Conservation Measures Under Climate Uncertainty’, Climatic Change 37 (this volume).
- Flaschka, I.M., Stockton, C.W., and Boggess, W.R.: 1987, ‘Climatic Variation and Surface Water Resources in the Great Basin Region’, Water Resources Bulletin 23, 47–57.
- Frederick, K.D.: 1991a, ‘Processes for Identifying Regional Influences of and Responses to Increasing Atmospheric CO2 and Climate Change — The MINK Project’, Report IV — Water Resources, DOE/RL/01830T-H10, Office of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
- Frederick, K.D.: 1991b, ‘Water Resources: Increasing Demand and Scarce Supplies’, in Frederick, K.D. and Sedjo, R.A., eds., America's Renewable Resources: Historical Trends and Current Challenges, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.
- Frederick, K.D., McKenney, M.S., Rosenberg, N.J., and Balzer, D.K.: 1993, ‘Estimating the Effects of Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide on Water Supplies in the Missouri River Basin’, Discussion Paper, ENR 93-18, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.
- Gleick, P.H.: 1986, ‘Methods for Evaluating the Regional Hydrologic Impacts of Global Climatic Changes’, J. of Hydrology 88, 99–116.
- Gleick, P.H.: 1987, ‘Regional Hydrologic Consequences of Increases in Atmospheric CO2 and Other Trace Gases’, Climatic Change 10, 137–161.
- Gleick, P.H.: 1988, ‘Regional Hydrologic Impacts of Global Climatic Changes’, in Whitehead, E.E., Hutchinson, C.F., Timmermann, B.N., and Varady, R.G. eds., Arid Lands: Today and Tomorrow, Proceedings of an International Research and Development Conference, Tucson, Arizona, October 20–25, 1985, Westview/Bellhaven Press, Boulder, Colo.
- Goklany, I.M.: 1995, ‘Strategies to Enhance Adaptability: Technological Change, Sustainable Growth and Free Trade’, Climatic Change 30: 427–449.
- Herrington, P.: 1996, Climate Change and the Demand for Water. Department of the Environment, HMSO. London.
- Hughes, T., Wang, Y.M., and Hansen, R.: 1994, Impacts of Projected Climate Change on Urban Water Use: An Application Using the Wasatch Front Water Demand and Supply Model, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Provo, Utah.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 1996a, Climate Change 1995: The Science of Climate Change: Contribution of Working Group I to the Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 1996b, Climate Change 1995: Impacts, Adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific-Technical Analyses: Contribution of Working Group II to the Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press.
- Karl, T.R. and Riebsame, W.E.: 1989, ‘The impact of decadal fluctuations in mean precipitation and temperature on runoff: a sensitivity study over the United States’, Climatic Change, 15, 423–447.
- McCabe, G.J. Jr. and Wolook, D.M.: 1992, ‘Sensitivity of Irrigation Demand in a Humid-Temperate Region to Hypothetical Climatic Change’, Water Resources Bulletin 28,3, May/June, 535–543.
- Miller, K.A.: 1990, ‘Water, Electricity, and Institutional Change’, in Waggoner, P.E., ed., Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources, 367–393, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
- Nash, L.L. and Gleick, P.H.: 1993, ‘The Colorado River Basin and Climatic Change: The Sensitivity of Streamflow and Water Supply to Variations in Temperature and Precipitation’, EPA 230-R-93-009, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
- Nemee, J., and Schaake, J.C. jr., 1982, ‘Sensitivity of Water Resource Systems to Climatic Variation’, Hydrological Sciences 17, 327–343.
- Rosenberg, N.J., Kimball, B.A., Martin, P., and Cooper, C.F.: 1990, ‘From Climate and CO2 Enrichment to Evapotranspiration’, in Waggoner, P.E., ed., Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources, 151–175, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
- Schaake, J.: 1990, ‘From Climate to Flow’, in Waggoner, P.E., ed., Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources, 177–206, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
- Schefter, J.: n.d., ‘Selected Estimates of Effect of Climate Variables on Residential/Municipal Water Demand’, Unpublished table provided by the author, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
- Schneider, S.H., Gleick, P.H., and Mearns, L.O.: 1990, ‘Prospects for Climate Change’, in Waggoner, P.E., ed., Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources, 41–73, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
- Solley, W.B., Pierce, R.R., and Perlman, H.A.: 1993, Estimated Use of Water in the United States, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1081, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
- Stakhiv, E.Z.: 1996, ‘Managing Water Resources for Climate Change Adaptation’, in Smith, J.B., Bhatti, N., Menzhulin, G.V., Benioff, R., Campos, M., Jallow, B., Rijsberman, F., Budyko, M.I., Dixon, R.K., eds. Adapting to Climate Change: Assessment and Issues, 243–264, Springer, New York.
- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment: 1993, Preparing for an Uncertain Climate, Vol. I, OTA-O-567, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Water Resources Council: 1978, The Nation's Water Resources 1975–2000, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
- Waggoner, P.E., ed.: 1990, Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources,: John Wiley and Sons, New York.
- Waggoner, P.E. and Schefter, J.: 1990, ‘Future Water Use in the Present Climate’, in Waggoner, P.E., ed., Climate Change and U.S. Water Resources, 19–39, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
- Climate Change and Water Resources
Volume 37, Issue 1 , pp 7-23
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Additional Links
- Industry Sectors