Use Cases

Analyzing and interpreting spatial information.

Colorado River

Can management mitigate water supply risks?

A scenario of 20% reduction in annual Colorado River flow by 2057 due to climate change results in a near tenfold increase in the probability of annual reservoir depletion by 2057. Flexibility in current management practices could mitigate some of the increased risk due to climate change-induced reductions in flows.

Water managers and their stakeholders are now considering how the reliability of water supplies might be affected if drought conditions become more frequent (Fulp 2005). The US Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Basin...

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