The Effects of Climate Change on the Hydrology and Water Resources of the Colorado River Basin

Short Description

Many hypothetical scenarios caused by climate change are assessed for the hydrology and water resources of the Colorado River Basin. The scenarios are derived from climate simulations of the US Department of Energy National Center for Atmospheric Research Parallel Climate Model, and are driven by historical observation. In addition to reductions in precipitation and increases in temperature, the results show projected degradation of ecosytem services throughout the resource system, significant reduction in the projected hydropower output, and a highly sensitive reservoir system.

Suggested Citation

Christensen, Niklas S., Andrew W. Wood, Nathalie Voisin, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, and Richard N. Palmer. "The Effects of Climate Change on the Hydrology and Water Resources of the Colorado River Basin." Climatic Change 62.1-3 (2004):337-363