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Streamflow Projections for the Western United States

May 16, 2012

The resource provides streamflow and water supply data for 195 sites in the Western United States in the form of an interactive map. These data are based on hydrologic projections at a 12 kilometer resolution covering western states. High-resolution climate/hydrologic variations and changes are depicted through global climate simulations and then downscaled. Projections for each site run from the year 1950 through 2099.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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USGS Integrated Watershed Scale Response to Global Change in Selected Basins Across the United States

May 16, 2012

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has utilized water availability models to project local-level climate change impacts in 14 water basins. To determine the sensitivity and potential effect of long-term climate change on the freshwater resources of the U. S. , the USGS Global Change study, “An integrated watershed scale response to global change in selected basins across the United States” was started in 2008 and published its results in 2012. The long-term goal of this study is to provide the foundation for hydrologically based climate change studies across the nation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning

April 2012

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has evaluated how each state in the U.S. is preparing for water related climate impacts, and shares the results in this comprehensive report.  The findings differentiate the best prepared and most engaged states on climate change preparedness issues from those that are largely unprepared and "lagging behind."

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Chou, Jenna Schroeder

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Florida Water Management and Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change

November 2011

A series of white papers have been prepared by the State University System (SUS) of Florida Universities regarding realized and predicted climate change impacts, with this report specifically addressing water resources and adaptation issues across Florida. The primary objectives of this report are: (1) to identify Florida’s water resources and water-related infrastructure that are vulnerable to climate change; (2) show demographics in the state that are vulnerable to climate change impacts with a focus on water resources and sea level rise; and (3) highlight some of the alternative technologies currently being used to solve water resource supply issues in the state that are likely to expand and be challenged under various scenarios of climate change.

Related Organizations: State University System (SUS) of Florida Universities

Authors or Affiliated Users: Leonard Berry, Frederick Bloetscher, Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Marguerite Koch-Rose, Diana Mitsova-Boneva, Jorge Restrepo, Tara Root, Ramesh Teegavarapu

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Too Hot to Handle: Climate Change and Agricultural Water Use

November 16, 2011

This paper discusses the role of irrigated agriculture in the western United States.   Climate change in the west is expected to result in a more arid climate and therefore strain the already extended water uses in the region.   Because of climate change and other factors, the report suggests that all water uses, including long-standing agricultural water rights, need to be re-examined. The author questions the region’s continued use of most of its water for irrigation, and the appropriate role of federal and state policy makers in responding to this environmental challenge.

Related Organizations: University of New Mexico

Author or Affiliated User: Denise Fort

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Potential Role of State Common-Law Public Trust Doctrines

September 17, 2011

This article from the Vermont Law Review demonstrates that water law can provide a legal mechanism for climate change adaptation. Specifically, the article agues that within water law, state public trust doctrines can provide legal support for climate change adaptation regimes.

Related Organizations: Vermont Law Review, Florida State University College of Law

Author or Affiliated User: Robert Kundis Craig

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Unusual Nature of Recent Snowpack Declines in the North American Cordillera

June 9, 2011

This report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) analyzes late-20th century snowpack reductions data to support findings that snowpack in the Western regions of North America has been declining since 1950. The data suggests that snowpack declines in the Rocky Mountains over the last 30 years are unusual compared to the past few centuries.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Pederson, Stephen Gray, Connie Woodhouse, Lisa Graumlich, Daniel B. Fagre, Julio Betancourt, Jeremy Littell, Brian Luckman, Emma Watson, Dave Meko, Troy Knight

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Reclamation Climate Change and Water, Report to Congress, 2011

April 2011

This report is prepared in fulfillment of the requirements within section (§) 9503 of the SECURE Water Act and provides an assessment of climate change impacts on the quantity of water resources located in each major U.S. Bureau of Reclamation river basin. The eight river basins identified include the Colorado, Columbia, Klamath, Missouri, Upper Rio Grande and Pecos, Sacramento - San Joaquin, and the Truckee - Carson. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Patty Alexander, Levi Brekke, Gary Davis, Subhrendu Gangopadhyay, Katrina Grantz, Charles Hennig, Carly Jerla, Dagmar Llewellyn, Paul Miller, Tom Pruitt, David A. Raff, Tom Scott, Michael Tansey, Toni Turner

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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SECURE Water Act Section 9503-Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2011

April 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation developed this report in response to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 - outlining climate change impacts on water basins in the Southwestern U.S. The report provides comprehensive assessments of risk across each of Reclamation's major eight basins and summarizes hydrologic changes that would take place in response to projected climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices

March 2011

This report presents a series of case studies describing the approaches currently (as of 2011) being taken by four water utilities in the United States to assess their vulnerability to climate change. The report is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of assessment approaches or utilities conducting vulnerability assessments. Rather, its purpose is to illustrate a range of issues and current approaches taken by selected utilities that are proactive in climate adaptation to understand and respond to climate risk.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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