Climatic Change

, Volume 62, Issue 1–3, pp 1–11 | Cite as

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

  • Tim Barnett
  • Robert Malone
  • William Pennell
  • Detlet Stammer
  • Bert Semtner
  • Warren Washington
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Abstract

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Barnett
    • 1
  • Robert Malone
    • 2
  • William Pennell
    • 3
  • Detlet Stammer
    • 1
  • Bert Semtner
    • 4
  • Warren Washington
    • 5
  1. 1.Scripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaU.S.A
  2. 2.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosU.S.A
  3. 3.Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryRichlandU.S.A
  4. 4.Naval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyU.S.A
  5. 5.National Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderU.S.A

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