Downscaled Climate and Hydrologic Response for California and the Great Basin

Lorraine Flint
Posted on: 7/18/2022 - Updated on: 7/18/2022

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As the predicted impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent, natural resource managers are faced with the task of developing climate adaptation plans. These managers need state-of-the-art, scientifically based information upon which to base these management plans and decisions consistently across California and the Great Basin. This project will apply historical, current, and projected climate data to a regional water model to examine water availability, biodiversity, and conservation. Analysis of this climate and hydrology data will help managers understand areas in the region and landscape where the effects of climate change are expected to be the most profound. The study will also address how the environment is likely to change and how certain the scientific community is about these changes. Collaboration among managers, scientists, conservation organizations, and others will guide the utility, understandability, relevance, and accessibility of the findings from this project.


The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.


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