Decision Support Planning Methods: Incorporating Climate Change Uncertainties into Water Planning

Posted on: 12/31/2009 - Updated on: 2/27/2020

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Kirsten Feifel



Climate change is challenging the way water utilities plan for the future. Observed warming and climate model projections now call into question the stability of future water quantity and quality. As water utilities grapple with preparing for the large range of possible climate change impacts, many are searching for new planning techniques to help them better prepare for a different, more uncertain, future. There are several promising new methods being tested in water utilities planning. This white paper will help water utilities learn about and evaluate these new planning techniques, called Decision Support Planning Methods (DSPMs), for use in their own climate adaptation efforts.


Water Utility Climate Alliance. (2010). Decision support planning methods: Incorporating climate change uncertainties into water planning. Retrieved from CAKE:

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