Managing Water Resources in the West Under Conditions of Climate Uncertainty: A Proceedings
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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.


  • Earth Sciences — Water and Hydrology

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358 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-04677-0

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xiv
1. Overview 1-14
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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National Research Council. Managing Water Resources in the West Under Conditions of Climate Uncertainty: A Proceedings. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1991.

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