State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008NY112B
Title: Potential impacts of climate change on sustainable water use in the Hudson River Valley
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: 14
Focus Categories: Hydrology, Management and Planning, Models
Keywords: streamflow, climate models, technical assistance, public participation
Principal Investigator: Frei, Allan
Federal Funds: $ 0
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 25,544
Abstract: Although the Hudson River Valley (HRV) region receives, by global standards, a significant amount of precipitation, due to a growing population and considerable water consumption, water supplies of communities living in the HRV are vulnerable to variations in climate. If, during the twenty first century, the HRV experiences climate variations that are similar to those that occurred during the last 100 years, then communities must be prepared for at least the type of drought experienced during the 1960s, the most serious drought of the twentieth century, because evidence suggests that a drought of magnitude and persistence similar to (or even more serious than) the 1960s drought is not unusual in the long-term history of this region. In addition to variability, changes in climate that are expected in the HRV during the twenty first century will most likely alter the hydrologic cycle, resulting in significant impacts on water supply, water quality, riparian and river ecology, and agriculture, and may make local water supplies even less resilient to climatic variations. This information will be used for two primary purposes: to inform public debate, local officials, and regional planners; as well as to provide guidance and suggestions as to what the major information gaps are with regards to regional climatic monitoring and potential climate change impacts, and how those gaps can be filled.

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