Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation

Jeff Lukas, Joseph Barsugli, Nolan Doesken, Imtiaz Rangwala, Klaus Wolter
Created: 8/28/2014 -


The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by WWA in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

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Using multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, water, law, and economics, the Western Water Assessment provides information about natural climate variability and human-caused climate change.  This information – usually in the form of climate forecasts and regional vulnerability assessments  -- is designed to assist water-resource decision makers.


Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type