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RMRS-GTR-295: Vulnerability of U.S. water supply to shortage: a technical document supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment
Foti, Romano; Ramirez, Jorge A.; Brown, Thomas C. 2012. Vulnerability of U.S. water supply to shortage: a technical document supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-295. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 147 p.
Comparison of projected future water demand and supply across the conterminous United States indicates that, due to improving efficiency in water use, expected increases in population and economic activity do not by themselves pose a serious threat of large-scale water shortages. However, climate change can increase water demand and decrease water supply to the extent that, barring major adaptation efforts, substantial future water shortages are likely, especially in the larger Southwest. Because further global temperature increases are probably unavoidable, adaptation will be essential in the areas of greatest increase in projected probability of shortage.
Keywords: vulnerability, water supply, water demand, water yield, climate change
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Appendix A: Detailed Methods for Projecting Water Use
Appendix B: Monthly Breakdown of Annual Public-Supplied Water Deliveries
Appendix C: Projected Precipitation and Potential Evapotranspiration
Vulnerability of U.S. water supply to shortage: a technical document
supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment
Electronic Publish Date: December 12, 2012
Last Update: December 19, 2012
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