A case study on evaluating impacts of potential climate change on groundwater resources: Groundwater recharge in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Bureau of Reclamation
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Abstract

An investigation of the change in groundwater recharge in response to potential climate change was performed for the UCRB using the SWB groundwater recharge model and downscaled climate data from the CMIP5 multi-model dataset. Climate projections from 97 downscaled CMIP5 datasets were assumed to be equally likely and recharge simulation results were combined. Results for the UCRB suggest that projected increases in actual ET from higher temperatures may be offset by increases in precipitation, resulting in increased groundwater recharge for many areas in the basin in future time periods.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title A case study on evaluating impacts of potential climate change on groundwater resources: Groundwater recharge in the Upper Colorado River Basin
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Bureau of Reclamation
Contributing office(s) Arizona Water Science Center
Description ii., 20 p.
Country United States
State Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah