specific information within the site. A blog
and discussion forum are planned for the
future, and will be added to the site so that
water professionals can share information
on climate change related topics.
The case studies area of the site is where the
Foundation is seeking your help. It will be
a place to post case studies conducted by
water utilities so that other utilities dealing
with similar issues can learn from their
peers. It is easy to submit a case study to
the clearinghouse Web site. The case
studies page is listed under the resources
tab on the home page.
Staying Abreast of Climate Change
There are many uncertainties that arise
with climate change, with the largest
unknown being its impact on water supply.
It’s difficult to predict future emissions. It’s
important to consider climate modeling
of complex atmospheric processes and
changes in storm tracks, and other
important processes. Decision makers and
planners need to know how to assess and
assure secure water supplies. Important
associated capital investment decisions on
planning horizons range anywhere from as
little as 10 years to more than 100.
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Information on www.TheClimateChangeClearinghouse.org web site is organized into eight major categories, each
featured as a tab at the top of the home page. The categories include:
• About us: Information about the Foundation and its climate change strategic initiative is available under this tab.
• Introduction: Climate change processes and summaries about climate change impacts on water are posted here,
in addition to a glossary that contains major climate terminology.
• Climate Change Science: Current information on climate change science, climate change throughout geologic
time, greenhouse gases, future uncertainties, time scale for water utilities, and global climate models is located
under this tab.
• Hydrologic Effects: The hydrological effects of climate change are featured under this tab, and include extensive
information on precipitation amount, precipitation frequency and intensity, evaporation and transpiration, changes
in average annual runoff, natural variability, effect on coastal zones, water storage issues, water demand issues, and
effect on water quality.
• Utility Planning and Adaptive Management: Describes integrated water resources management approach,
a systematic approach to planning and management that considers a range of supply-side and demand-side
processes and actions. Also planned for the future, is adding information on vulnerability assessments.
• Research by the Foundation: Past and current climate change research, funded by the Foundation, is organized
using five major topic areas: water utility energy management, infrastructure, water utility management and
communications, water quality, and water resources.
• Research Map: This area is yet to be developed, but plans for this page include summarizing climate change
research conducted by the Foundation and other U.S. and international organizations. It will show what research
is complete and what research remains to be done.
• Resources: The resources page of the Web site is designed to help users to find additional information about
climate change. This is where users can find case studies about how leading water utilities have incorporated
climate change into their strategic planning, links to relevant information and activities being undertaken by federal
agencies and other organizations, and upcoming climate change activities.