Climate Change and Water Resources Management - A Federal Perspective: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1331

This interagency report details a methodology to improve water management in a changing climate, with applicability to federal, state and local water resource managers. Three core areas discussed include: 1) tracking climate change impacts (e.g. monitoring networks, trend analysis); 2) anticipating impacts for decision making in long-range planning (e.g. modeling approaches, futures scenario planning, incorporating climate projections in current plans); and 3) responding with adaptation options (e.g. operational changes, demand management, infrastructure changes). Each area is discussed in detail, with applicability to federal, state, and local water resource managers.

The report also describes science information needs that are crucial to developing policies to address the many impacts of climate change on water resources management. Appendix C provides detailed case studies demonstrating the expanded use of climate information to support water resources planning efforts, including the following studies: the Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River, the Colorado River Basin, and the California Central Valley Study.

Publication Date: 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Levi D. Brekke
  • Julie E. Kiang
  • J. Rolf Olsen
  • Roger S. Pulwarty
  • David A. Raff
  • D. Phil Turnipseed
  • Robert S. Webb
  • Kathleen D. White

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  • Agency guidance/policy


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