The question of whether the earth's climate is changing in some significant human-induced way remains a matter of much debate. But the fact that climate is variable over time is well known. These two elements of climatic uncertainty affect water resources planning and management in the American West.
Managing Water Resources in the West Under Conditions of Climate Uncertainty examines the scientific basis for predictions of climate change, the implications of climate uncertainty for water resources management, and the management options available for responding to climate variability and potential climate change.
Table of Contents
|2. Sharing Water Resources with Future Generations||15-27|
|3. The Science Climate Change and Climate||28-30|
|4. Primer on Climate Change||31-46|
|5. Climate Change and Climate Variability: The Climate Record||47-70|
|6. Climate Change and Climate Variability: The Paleo Record||71-100|
|7. Effects of Increasing Carbon Dioxide Levels and Climate Change . . .||101-147|
|8. Hydrologic Implications of Climate Uncertainty in the Western United States||148-157|
|9. The Implications of Climate Change for Streamflow and Water Supply . . .||158-176|
|10. Climate Uncertainty: Implications for Operations of Water Control Systems||177-216|
|11. Economic Consequences of Climate Variability on Water in the West||217-238|
|12. Western Water Law, Global Climate Change, and Risk Allocation||239-254|
|13. Water Resources Forecasting||255-274|
|14. Some Aspects of Hydrologic Variability||275-280|
|15. Management Responses to Climate Variability||281-283|
|16. Improvements in Agricultural Water Management||284-289|
|17. Creative Water Management||290-295|
|18. Weather Modification as a Response to Variations in Weather and Climate||296-302|
|19. Managing Water Supply Variability: The Salt River Project||303-323|
|20. Public Involvement in Water Resources Decisionmaking in a Climate . . .||324-325|
|21. The First Rough Draft of History: How the Press Reports on Global Warming||326-329|
|22. Water Use Efficiency as a Response to Climate Uncertainty||330-332|
|23. Climate Change, The Media, and Public Responses||333-336|
|A Biographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members||337-338|
|B Biographical Sketches of Principal Contributors||339-344|
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