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Management of Western Water Resources in a Changing Climate

A recent workshop provided water managers with information to help make more cost-effective and efficient use of existing management tools. Forest ServiceSnapshot : Hydrologists and water and resource managers from National Forests and eight governmental and non-governmental organizations planned and participated in a three-day watershed and climate change workshop held in November 2009 in Colorado.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanson, Cindy S. S. McCormick, Frank H.
Research Location : nationwide
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 244

Summary

Hydrologists and water and resource managers from National Forests and eight governmental and non-governmental organizations planned and participated in a three-day watershed and climate change workshop held in November 2009 in Colorado. Funding for the event was awarded through a competitive proposal process with the United States Global Change Research Program. The objective of the workshop was to bring together the management and research community to share knowledge and tools available to address water and climate change and identify additional tools that are needed to adequately address water and climate change issues. Attendees said they were amazed at the amount of information currently available to resources managers and they said they left with a better sense of how they might use this information to address climate change impacts on National Forests. More than three-quarters of the attendees said they were likely to use climate change knowledge to inform resource management after having attended the workshop. As a result of this improved awareness, water managers will be able to make more cost-effective and efficient use of existing management tools, and they will be better equipped to manage watershed resilience for generations to come.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • United States Global Change Research Program

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Water, Air, and Soil
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