Managing an Uncertain Future

Created: 10/31/2008 -

Abstract

Climate change is already affecting California’s water resources. Bold steps must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, even if emissions ended today, the accumulation of existing greenhouse gases will continue to impact climate for years to come. Warmer temperatures, altered patterns of precipitation and runoff, and rising sea levels are increasingly compromising the ability to effectively manage water supplies, floods and other natural resources. Adapting California’s water management systems in response to climate change presents one of the most significant challenges of this century.

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Keywords

Scale
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Policy
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Water supply: retrofitting and improvements
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Water quality
Water supply