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Directed: Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Reclamation’s Water Resources

Summary:  Reclamation continues to annually update region-specific literature syntheses on climate change implications for water and environmental resources.

Contact:  J. Mark Spears, jspears@usbr.gov 303-445-2514

Fiscal Years: 2009 - 2011

Research Question: 

  • How can Reclamation effectively develop, maintain, and deploy region-specific literature summaries on climate change implications for water resources for use in Reclamation’s environmental compliance and other documentation efforts?

Need and Benefit: 

Given that Reclamation is conducting multiple long-term water resources assessments at any given time within each of its regions, and given that climate change now must be addressed in such documentation efforts, it is in Reclamation’s interests to have a consistent portrayal of climate change literature within each of these documents. Further, Reclamation can alleviate the burden on project-specific scoping efforts to include development of such narratives by instead developing and maintaining region-applicable narratives. Fiscal year (FY) 2010 involved releasing the first version of “Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Reclamation’s Water Resources” (pdf). FY 2011 involves completing and releasing the first annual update of this document, once again working with current and former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) to provide content review. Also, FY 2011 involves tracking literature and initiating review and synthesis updates during 4th quarter FY 2011.

Partners:  Four NOAA-RISAs (i.e., California Applications Program, Climate Assessment of the Southwest, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, and Western Water Assessment), and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (former NOAA-RISA)

Keywords:  climate change, literature, water resources, environmental compliance

Literature Synthesis onReclamation (2011) Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources,” Technical Memorandum 86-68210-2011-01, prepared by Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior, 266pp. (pdf, 7.59 MB)