Title Climate Change and Water Resources
Type Project
Abstract The project seeks to increase the value of scientific information about the climate change by enhancing communication between the atmospheric science community and water resource management professionals. Recent accomplishments include production of an educational Primer for the water utility industry jointly sponsored by UCAR and the American Water Works Association Research Foundation. The document: Climate Change and Water Resources: A Primer for Municipal Water Providers, focuses on identifying the potential impacts of climate change on water resources, describing associated uncertainties, and assessing implications for water utility planning. It includes a number of case studies contributed by major urban water utilities regarding their experiences in coping with climatic trends and extreme events and with planning for adaptation to the as-yet uncertain impacts of climate change on the characteristics of water supply and demand.
Participants Kathleen Miller
David Yates
Start Date
Funders NSF
Keywords water resources, climate change, vulnerability, planning
Research Themes Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience
Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions, Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)