1 1 f) RI IX INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS Climate-Change Scenarios for Water Planning Studies Pilot Applications in the Pacific Northwest BY AM Y K . SNOVER, ALA N F. HAMLET, AN D DENNIS P. LETTENMAIER espite uncertainties in predictions of the magni- corporate climate change in their planning in the short tude and timing of anthropogenic climate term if they had access to scenarios of future streamflow Dchange, many Pacific Northwest (PNW) water that could easily and inexpensively be used within the managers now recognize climate change as a significant confines of their existing planning frameworks. issue that should be addressed in water resources plan- A few water management agencies in the PNW ning. This represents a significant change over the last have taken the lead in incorporating climate change several years. These managers are requesting detailed in their planning efforts. The Portland (Oregon) information about potential climate impacts on their Water Bureau, for example, recently completed a systems, in a form suitable for inclusion in planning. study in partnership with the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group (CIG) that Academic climate-change assessments, which have evaluated several long-range planning alternatives been available since the mid-1980s, often produce in- under
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 2003
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