Climate Change and Groundwater: Incorporating Climate Realities and Uncertainties into California’s Groundwater Planning

From the Union of Concerned Scientists and Stanford’s Water in the West:

Climate change is fundamentally transforming the way we manage water in the Western U.S. The recent Fourth California Climate Change Assessment lays out the many pressures facing water managers in California in detail. One key take-away of that Assessment is that past climate conditions will not be a good proxy for the state’s water future, and smarter strategies are needed to manage California’s water. Just one-third of the snowpack that the state has historically relied on as a natural water reservoir is projected to remain by 2100; hotter temperatures will dry out soils faster and earlier in the year; and the atmospheric rivers that already cause intense flooding in the state will likely carry more moisture as the atmosphere warms. All of this will require a transformation in the way that we, here in California and elsewhere, plan for our water future.

Continue reading at the Union of Concerned Scientists here:  Climate Change and Groundwater: Incorporating Climate Realities and Uncertainties into California’s Groundwater Planning