Putting the Water Cycle to Work: A Collaboration between NCAR and the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF)
David Yates, NCAR
NCAR and AwwaRF have teamed to help the water utility industry develop and implement a tangible and locally-relevant structured process for considering the impacts of climate variability and change in the their planning process. David will give some background on the project and describe a few of the utility case studies, including those in California, Colorado, North Carolina and Florida. He will describe the analytical procedure being pursed, that includes 1) a problem definition phase, focused on articulating a utility's vulnerabilities and possible adaptation options in the face of climate uncertainty; 2) developing and/or modifying system-specific Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) models to address the defined problem and its sensivitites; 3) developing probabilistic climate change scenarios focused on exploring uncertainties identified as important in the sensitivity analysis in step 2; and 4) implementing the structured process to examine alternative investment and adaptation strategies in light of the likely range of future climate-related changes in local hydrologic conditions.
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