Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources: A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds

This report discusses the increasing effects of climate change on freshwater resources and ecosystem services. It focuses on types of socioeconomic and biotic adaptations, and provides an overview of direct and cumulative impacts.  Perspectives on adaptive responses are offered, and the results of five case studies are included which demonstrate regional adaptation measures. The series of case studies - from Massachusetts, New York, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California - are used to illustrate ecosystem services that are able to adapt to to extreme variations in precipitation. These previous and ongoing responses to recent droughts and floods provide insights that can be useful for adaptation planning in other locations.

Publication Date: June 2009

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  • Alan P. Covich

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  • Best practice


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