News Oct 07, 2008
As Colorado Heats Up, Water Supply Expected to Be at Risk, Says New Study
Water resource managers may have to prepare for a warmer Colorado and a shift in the timing of runoff in most of the state's river basins, according to a new assessment of Colorado climate change by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University.
Titled "Colorado Climate Change: A Synthesis To Support Water Resource Management and Adaptation" the assessment was released today by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in connection with this week's Governor's Conference on Managing Drought and Climate Risk. The CU-NOAA Western Water Assessment produced the report on the board's behalf for state water planners.
"This assessment provides the most reliable scientific information available on temperature, precipitation, snowmelt and runoff for our state and its rivers," said lead author Andrea Ray of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder. "Taken together, the overwhelming majority of studies agree that temperature increases alone will reduce our water supply by mid-century, even with no change in precipitation."
News Source: PhysOrg.com
ENVS Faculty: Andrea J. Ray
ENVS News Category: Media Story
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