Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change

This report, which was commissioned by the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), considers how federal investments in the science of climate change, and in particular climate modeling, can best be directed to help improve the quality of  research so that it may be more useful to water utilities and other possible users in adapting to climate change.  It explains how climate models work, describes how some WUCA members have used climate models and downscaling to assess impacts on their systems and develop adaptation options, and makes seven initial recommendations for how climate modeling and downscaling techniques can be improved so that these tools and techniques can be more useful for the water sector.

Publication Date: December 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Joseph Barsugli
  • Chris Anderson
  • Joel B. Smith
  • Jason M. Vogel

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  • Modeling tool

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