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Water and climate dialogue : adapting to climate change : why we need broader and out-of-the-box approaches

Water is the primary medium through which climate change influences the earth’s ecosystems and therefore people’s livelihoods and well-being. Water-related climate change impacts are already being experienced in some river basins in the form of more severe and more frequent droughts and floods. Higher average temperatures and changes in precipitation and other climatic variables are projected to affect the availability of water resources through changes in rainfall distributions, soil moisture, glaciers and ice/snow melt, and river and groundwater recharge and flows. These factors are expected to lead to further deterioration of water quality as well. The poor, who are the most vulnerable, are also likely to be affected the most. [authors abstract]

TitleWater and climate dialogue : adapting to climate change : why we need broader and out-of-the-box approaches
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO
Secondary TitleBriefing Note : United Nations World Water Assessment Programme
Pagination16 p.; 2 fig.; 3 boxes; photographs
Date Published2011-01-01
PublisherUNESCO World Water Assessment Programme Secretariat
Place PublishedParis, France
ISSN Number9789230010041
Keywordsaccess to water, climate, hot climate, water, water quality
Abstract

Water is the primary medium through which climate change influences the earth’s ecosystems and therefore people’s livelihoods and well-being. Water-related climate change impacts are already being experienced in some river basins in the form of more severe and more frequent droughts and floods. Higher average temperatures and changes in precipitation and other climatic variables are projected to affect the availability of water resources through changes in rainfall distributions, soil moisture, glaciers and ice/snow melt, and river and groundwater recharge and flows. These factors are expected to lead to further deterioration of water quality as well. The poor, who are the most vulnerable, are also likely to be affected the most. [authors abstract]

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