This video documents the impact of the 2011 drought on the water supply of two Texas towns. It discusses how the higher temperatures have increased the evaporation from open reservoirs, resulting in a drop in their water levels. The use of water in fighting wildfires has also contributed to this drawdown. While some jurisdictions have been able to develop pipelines to other sources, others have had to resort to trucking water in.

This video examines how scientists learn about the effects of climate change on the water cycle and what those effects might mean for our planet.

National Action Plan for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

A plan published by the White House Climate Change Adaptation Taskforce to help freshwater resource managers assure adequate water supplies, safeguard water quality and aquatic ecosystems, and protect human life, health and property. The plan lays out six goals for effective management: 

  • Establish a Planning Process to Adapt Water Resources Management to a Changing Climate
  • Improve Water Resources and Climate Change Information for Decision-Making
  • Strengthen Assessment of Vulnerability of Water Resources to Climate Change
  • Expand Water Use Efficiency
  • Support Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Support Training and Outreach to Build Response Capability
 

Maine's Climate Future

A report that considers past change over geologic time, recent evidence of accelerated rates of change, and the implications of continued climate change in Maine during the 21st century as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and their associated pollutants.

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

A guide from NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management to help coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans in the face of climate change. The guide is designed to help U.S. state and territorial coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts and consequences of climate change and climate variability. It was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States (Water)

A chapter from the 2009 U.S. Global Change Research Program report, titled Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, focused specifically on the intersections of climate and water resources.

Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources

A review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources in the United States. This report focuses on the following selected land management systems: National Forests, National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Estuaries, and Marine Protected Areas.

The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States

An assessment of the effects of climate change on U.S. land resources, water resources, agriculture, and biodiversity. There is robust consensus that human-induced climate change is occurring. This report discusses the nation's ability to identify, observe, and monitor climate-related stresses that influence agriculture, land resources, water resources, and biodiversity.

Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems

A review of impacts of global climate change on three broad dimensions of the human condition: human health, human settlements, and human welfare. This report examines opportunities for adaptation and associated recommendations for addressing data gaps and near- and long-term research goals.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

An international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment evaluates and synthesizes knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences for the Arctic region. 

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