One of the major concerns of the ''greenhouse effect'' is the impact of global warming on the supply of and demand for water. Beginning as a project of the Committee on Climate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, it focuses on the United States because of the wealth of climactic and hydrologic data and models available, and also because of the great diversity of the nation's water problems. It is equally concerned with the effects of climactic variability in the face of changing water uses and demands, as with possible long-term climactic change. Recommendations are made for scientists, public bodies, private persons and enterprises.
Table of Contents
The Issues (P. Waggoner).
Future Water Use in the Present Climate (P. Waggoner & J. Schefter).
Prospects for Climate Change (S. Schneider, et al.).
Decision-Making Under Uncertainty (M. Fiering & N. Matalas).
FROM CLIMATE TO WATER RESOURCES.
Climate Forecasting (L. Mearns, et al.).
What Statistics Can Tell Us (N. Matalas).
From Climate and CO2 Enrichment to Evapotranspiration (N. Rosenberg, et al.).
From Climate to Flow (J. Schaake).
From Flow to Storage (P. Rogers & M. Fiering).
Vulnerability of Water Systems (P. Gleick).
IMPACTS AND RESPONSES.
Floods and Droughts (J. Dracup & D. Kendall).
Irrigation (D. Peterson & A. Keller).
Water Quality (H. Jacoby).
Recreation and Wildlife (C. Cooper).
Urban Water (H. Schwarz & L. Dillard).
Water, Electricty, and Institutional Innovation (K. Miller).
Reallocation by Markets and Prices (K. Frederick & A. Kneese).
The Political Agenda (H. Ingram, et al.).
CLIMATE CHANGE AND U.S.
Summary (P. Waggoner & R. Revelle).