Climate change is having a profound impact on natural resources, most urgently on water supply and demand. The impact of global change on water availability can only be understood in a regional context: topography, coastal and mountain proximity, land cover, prevailing storm tracks, and other factors all make regional water climate distinctive. In particular, climate change will dramatically affect the water availability in urban communities. As communities grow and expand their populations and economies in the 21st century, climate change, energy demands and greenhouse gas emissions must be considered when developing infrastructure systems. Given the long-term lifespan of water-infrastructure systems, urban communities must begin to include climate-change effects into water resource planning decisions. Understanding how communities can manage water resources in the face of economic growth and climate change is a priority challenge.
Funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of California San Diego and the University of Cambridge have developed a partnership relating to the science, technology, and policy of environment and sustainability. The partnership’s first project, the Cambridge-UC San Diego Global Water Initiative, is intended to help promote adaptation to the impacts of climate change on water availability.
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Water Conservation at UC San Diego