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  • New, High-Resolution Climate Projections Aim to Better Represent Extreme Events

    (September 12, 2016) - A collaboration of university researchers, government agencies, and private sector groups released today a next-generation climate modeling dataset with improved local-scale climate projections covering the 21st century for a region from northern Mexico to southern Canada.

    The dataset was produced by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego who developed a new climate “downscaling” method for global climate models known as localized constructed analogs (LOCA). Global climate model pixels can be a hundred miles across, which is too coarse to study many local impacts of climate change. LOCA downscaling estimates finer-scale climate detail from a coarse-resolution global model using a new high-resolution historical observation dataset developed by researchers at the University of Colorado. Read More →

  • Interior Department Releases Report Underscoring Impacts of Climate Change on Western Water Resources

    (March 22, 2016) - Putting the national spotlight on the importance of water sustainability, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation released a basin-by-basin report that characterizes the impacts of climate change and details adaptation strategies to better protect major river basins in the West that are fundamental to the health, economy, security and ecology of 17 Western states.

    The SECURE Water Act Report, produced by Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and its state and local partners, was released following today’s first White House Summit on Water in observance of World Water Day. Read More →

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    Climate Change Orientation Seminar Presentations

    In support of Reclamation’s new Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, this seminar will provide staff a high-level orientation on climate change, equip staff with talking points about how climate change relates to Reclamation’s mission, and summarize initial tools that are available to support Strategy implementation. Read More →

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    Reclamation Releases Climate Adaptation Strategy

    Bureau of Reclamation’s Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López has released the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Reclamation. In line with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the strategy provides a framework in which Reclamation managers can develop and adopt innovative solutions that provide a more reliable water supply in a changing climate. Read More →

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    New Report Predicts Climate Change Will Significantly Impact California’s Central Valley

    A new report released today by the Department of the Interior's Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor finds that projected changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with a growing population, will have significant impacts on water supplies, water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, ecosystems, hydropower, recreation and flood control, in California's Central Valley this century.

    "These projections by Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation show the importance of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to address challenges like those California's Central Valley will face to provide a sustainable water supply for its citizens and economy," Connor stated.

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    Bureau of Reclamation Water Management Video Series Highlights Collaborative Research

    Reclamation is releasing a series of videos summarizing collaborative research addressing climate change and variability impacts, estimating flood and drought hazards, and improving streamflow prediction. This information was presented in January at the Second Annual Progress Meeting on Reclamation Climate and Hydrology Research. Read More →

More Climate Change Information

Climate Chage Adaptation Strategy

SECURE Water Act Section 9503(c) - Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2016

Report Published Identifying Climate Change Research Needs for Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management

Change in precipitation and temperature in western United States from 1950-1979 to 2070-2099 - The following maps show the change in precipation and temperature from a 30 year period (1950-1979) to a 30 year period (2070-2099).  Read More →

Climate Change Adaptation Research - Reclamation is seeking to understand how climate change will impact western water resources. Climate change adaptation research not only improves our ability to understand and define climate change impacts on western water resources, but it also develops a portfolio of tools for adapting water management as the climate changes. Read More →

Westwide Climate Risk Assessments - The West-wide Climate Risk Assessments (WWCRA) are a complementary activity with the Basin Studies and the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives within the WaterSMART Initiative, in accordance with Secretarial Order 3289 (pdf - 83 KB), and meet the authorizations of the Secure Water Act.  As a whole, these three activities represent a comprehensive approach to incorporate the best available science into planning activities for climate change adaptation planning.

WaterSMART Basin Studies - Reclamation's has complimentary activities within the WaterSMART Basin Study Program as a comprehensive approach to incorporate the best available science into climate change adaptation planning.  These activities include the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments, and Basin Studies.  Togehter these activites are in accordance with Secretarial Orders 3289 and 3297 and meet the authorizations of the SECURE Water Act.

Projected Streamflow Data - An online tool for western water managers and the public to help increase accessibility of science-based information and understanding of how climate variations will impact the availability of water to communities. Projected streamflow data for 195 sites on streams and rivers throughout the West.

Reclamation Releases Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Reclamation's Water and Environmental Resources (3rd Edition) - A scientific report summarizing recent literature on the past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources in the western United States. Read More →

Last Updated: 9/12/16