Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information

This report, from the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) - as part of the Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG) - identifies the needs of local, state, and federal water management agencies for climate change information and tools to support long-term water resources planning.

The CCAWWG is developing four documents describing water managers’ needs for climate change information to support both short-term and long-term water resources planning and the complementary science strategy to address those needs. For this, the Long-Term Needs document, the Bureau of Reclamation and USACE technical specialists and program managers have worked with their planners, water operators, and environmental compliance managers to identify the information and tools most relevant to their programs. Other Federal and non-Federal water resource organizations and interest groups have also contributed their perspectives and been represented in this document, for a synthesis of the complementary priorities and individual perspectives.

The report finds there are gaps in the information and tools necessary to help water managers in using climate change research to make decisions, in assessing the responses of natural systems to climate change, and in communicating the results and uncertainties of climate change assessments to decision-makers.

This publication is meant to help focus research and technology efforts relevant to the water management user community.  As such, the primary audience for this document is the research and technology community in position to address these gaps. Such community members include CCAWWG science agencies (NOAA, USGS), other Federal research entities and programs (e.g., National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy), state and local science centers, academic institutions, and the members of the practitioner community that support climate and water resources research.

If you are having difficulty accessing this resource, an archived version of this report can be found here (saved on February 11, 2017): 

Publication Date: January 2011

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Levi D. Brekke
  • Kathleen White
  • J. Rolf Olsen
  • Edwin Townsley
  • David Williams
  • Charles Hennig
  • Curt Brown
  • Rod Wittler

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