This poster, viewable online, highlights some of the impacts of a global-average temperature rise of 2 degrees C above the pre-industrial age climate.

This visualization, from the US Geological Survey, provides a simple schematic of the various pathways that water can take as it cycles through ocean, lakes, atmosphere, surface and ground.

This video describes how field research -- in this case, making water measurements in rugged mountain locations -- helps us to understand the complex relationships among changing climate, populations, and water usage.

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.

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