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Simulated effects of climatic change on runoff and drought in the Delaware River Basin

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Edited by:
Singh Udai P.Helweg Otto J.

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Abstract

Various projection of climatic change were applied to watershed models of the Delaware River basin. Simulations indicate that a warming could reduce annual runoff by as much as 25 percent if current precipitation patterns continue. Simulations indicate that the largest changes in basin drought are in response to relatively small changes in precipitation. Basin drought was less sensitive to increases in temperature, reservoir capacity, ground-water pumpage during drought, and consumptive water use--in that order of importance. The effects of global warming on basin runoff and drought cannot be determined precisely, as yet, principally because of the unreliability of precipitation projections.

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Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Simulated effects of climatic change on runoff and drought in the Delaware River Basin
ISBN:
0872627861
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Publisher:
Publ by ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
First page:
31
Last page:
38
Number of Pages:
8
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the 1990 Annual Civil Engineering Convention and Exposition
Conference Location:
San Francisco, CA, USA
Conference Date:
5 November 1990 through 8 November 1990