Special Issue "Water Resources in a Variable and Changing Climate"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (13 June 2014)
Prof. Dr. Simon Beecham (Website)
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, South Australia 5001, Australia
Interests: water sensitive urban design (wsud); climate change impacts on water systems; siphonic roofwater harvesting
Dr. Julia Piantadosi (Website)
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, University of South Australia, South Australia 5001, Australia
Interests: stochastic applied optimal control in the area of water management; decision making under uncertainty and environmental applications; climate change impacts on water resources; multi-dimensional copulas of maximum entropy and application to stochastic rainfall models
Climate change will bring about significant changes to the capacity of, and the demand on, water resources. The resulting changes include increasing climate variability that is expected to affect hydrologic conditions. The effects of climate variability on various meteorological variables have been extensively observed in many regions around the world. Of these, rainfall is one of the most important variables. Understanding the effects of climate variability on spatial and temporal rainfall characteristics is of special interest to water resource policy makers. Investigating rainfall variability at the regional scale is essential for understanding potential impacts on humans and the natural environment. Atmospheric circulation, topography, land use and other regional features modify global changes to produce unique patterns of change at the regional scale. As the future changes to these water resources cannot be measured in the present, hydrological models are critical in the planning required to adapt our water resource management strategies to future climate conditions. Such models include catchment runoff models, reservoir management models, flood prediction models, groundwater recharge and flow models, and crop water balance models. In water-scarce regions such as Australia, urban water systems are particularly vulnerable to rapid population growth and climate change. In the presence of climate change induced uncertainty, urban water systems need to be more resilient and multi-sourced. Decreasing volumetric rainfall trends have an effect on reservoir yield and operation practices. Severe intensity rainfall events can cause failure of drainage system capacity and subsequent urban flood inundation problems. Policy makers, end users and leading researchers need to work together to develop a consistent approach to interpreting the effects of climate variability and change on water resources.
Prof. Dr. Simon Beecham
Dr. Julia Piantadosi
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- water resources management
- meteorological variables
- hydrological models
- climate models