Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources
Track: Climate Change
Author(s): Stephanie Granger
Climate change has already begun to affect the United States with changes in the water cycle being one of the most serious impacts. Climate impacts on water resources cut across multiple sectors and are anticipated to affect many areas in the United States, with the western U. S. and California especially vulnerable. Water resources are already over-allocated in this region and there is high confidence that climate change will further constrain this limited resource.
For water resource managers who are entrusted with ensuring water availability and delivery of water to multiple stakeholders, while managing floods and droughts, protecting the environment and navigating regulatory requirements; climate change presents a substantial challenge.
We will discuss some of the issues facing water resource managers in dealing with climate change impacts on water supply and quality, and describe an integrated framework for enabling improved decision making utilizing NASA observations, research and technology.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena , California 91109