Climate Change and Water Resources Management Thematic Paper 1.9

This document outlines the latest thinking on potential climate change impacts on water resources and summarises the literature

Abstract

This Thematic Paper outlines the latest thinking on potential climate change impacts on water resources and possible ways in which societies can modify or adapt their use of water resources to accommodate the forecast changes. The paper is intended to summarise key points from what is a very extensive literature on climate modelling and climate change forecasting. Adaptation strategies are less researched but most feature methods already developed for use in water resource management. By summarising the literature it is hoped to assist water resources planners to develop their understanding of this increasingly important subject.

The paper covers the following topics:

  • introduction to climate change
  • modelling, forecasts and scaling issues
  • dealing with uncertainty
  • assessing climate change impacts on agriculture
  • impacts in non-irrigation use
  • assessing climate change impacts on water resources
  • adapting to climate change

Citation

WRDMAP. Climate Change and Water Resources Management [Thematic Paper 1.9]. WRDMAP, China (2010) 40 pp

Climate Change and Water Resources Management Thematic Paper 1.9

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