Climatic Change

, Volume 62, Issue 1, pp 1–11

The Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources in the West: Introduction and Overview


  • Tim Barnett
    • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Robert Malone
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • William Pennell
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Detlet Stammer
    • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Bert Semtner
    • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Warren Washington
    • National Center for Atmospheric Research

DOI: 10.1023/B:CLIM.0000013695.21726.b8

Cite this article as:
Barnett, T., Malone, R., Pennell, W. et al. Climatic Change (2004) 62: 1. doi:10.1023/B:CLIM.0000013695.21726.b8


The results of an experimental `end to end' assessment of the effects of climate change on water resources in the western United States are described. The assessment focuses on the potential effects of climate change over the first half of the 21st century on the Columbia, Sacramento/San Joaquin, and Colorado river basins. The paper describes the methodology used for the assessment, and it summarizes the principal findings of the study. The strengths and weaknesses of this study are discussed, and suggestions are made for improving future climate change assessments.

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