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Water 2016, 8(8), 348;

Water Resource Variability and Climate Change

Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
Department of Geography, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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Academic Editor: Arjen Y. Hoekstra
Received: 11 July 2016 / Revised: 10 August 2016 / Accepted: 12 August 2016 / Published: 17 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Resource Variability and Climate Change)
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A significant challenge posed by changing climates is how water cycling and surficial and subsurface water availability will be affected at global and regional scales. Such alterations are critical as they often lead to increased vulnerability in ecosystems and human society. Understanding specifically how climate change affects water resource variability in different locations is of critical importance to sustainable development in different parts of the world. The papers included in this special issue focus on three broad perspectives associated with water resource variability and climate change. Six papers employ remote sensing, meteorological station-based observational data, and tree-ring records to empirically determine how water resources have been changing over historical time periods. Eight of the contributions focus on modeling approaches to determine how known processes are likely to manifest themselves as climate shifts over time. Two others focus on human perceptions and adaptation strategies in the midst of unstable or unsettled water availability. The findings and methods presented in this collection of papers provide important contributions to the increased study and awareness of climate change on water resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: water resource variability; climate change; hydrological model; perception and adaptation of climate change water resource variability; climate change; hydrological model; perception and adaptation of climate change
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