Project

Using Climate and Water Models to Examine Future Water Availability and Biodiversity in California and the Great Basin

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Southwest CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Lorraine Flint (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California Water Science Center)

As the predicted impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent, natural resource managers are faced with the task of developing climate adaptation plans. These managers need state-of-the-art, scientifically based information upon which to base these management plans and decisions consistently across California and the Great Basin. This project will apply historical, current, and projected climate data to a regional water model to examine water availability, biodiversity, and conservation. Analysis of this climate and hydrology data will help managers understand areas in the region and landscape where the effects of climate change are expected to be the most profound. The study will also address how the environment is likely to change and how certain the scientific community is about these changes. Collaboration among managers, scientists, conservation organizations, and others will guide the utility, understandability, relevance, and accessibility of the findings from this project. 

Sierra Nevada - Credit: Bob Wick, BLM

Affiliation(s): Southwest CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Lorraine Flint (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California Water Science Center)
Cooperator(s)/Partner(s):
  • Alan Flint (USGS, California Water Science Center)
  • Michael J Moran (USGS, Nevada Water Science Center)
  • John Dingman (Bren School for the Environment, University of California)
  • James H Thorne (Information Center for the Environment, University of California)
  • Lisa Micheli (Dwight Center for Conservation Science at Pepperwood)
  • Healy Hamilton (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Stuart Weiss (Bay Area Open Space Council)
  • Bridget Thrasher (Climate Analytics Group)
  • Claudia Tebaldi (Climate Analytics Group)
  • Deanne DiPietro (Sonoma Ecology Center and California Climate Commons)
  • Grant Ballard (PRBO Conservation Science)
  • Sam Veloz (PRBO Conservation Science)

Start Date: 2012

End Date: 2015

Project Status: Completed

Tags: downscale, hydrology, basin characteristics, climate change, CA Central Valley, Great Basin, CA, Federal, great basin, website, tools, vulnerability, gcm, et, model, snowpack, precipitation, air temperature, stream flow, recharge, climatic water deficit, runoff, Multiple, CA-wide, CSC, Southwest CSC, 2012, Education, Modeling and Tools, Water and Ice, Climate and Ecosystem Modeling, Other Water

Fiscal Year: FY 2012 Projects

Publications & Other

  • Final Project Report: Downscaled Climate and Hydrologic Response for California and the Great Basin Search Projects Project Summary

    • DownscaledCA-GreatBasin_Thorne_FinalReport.pdf (Download)

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