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Societal decisions about climate mitigation will have dramatic impacts on eutrophication in the 21st century
Description: "Excessive nitrogen runoff leads to degraded water quality, harming human and ecosystem health. We examine the impact of changes in land use and land management for six combinations of socioeconomic pathways and climate outcomes, and find that societal ch
Publication Date: Feb 26, 2019
Topics: Water quality /

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
Description: "This report, Volume II, draws on the foundational science described in Volume I, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR). Volume II focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and
Source: United States. Global Change Research Program
Publication Date: Nov 23, 2018
Topics: Adaptation / Agriculture / Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species / Energy management and conservation / Global issues, human impacts / Sea level rise / Water quality / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack /

San Francisco Bay: Views of an Evolving Shoreline (Shoreview)
Description: "Explore the Bay shoreline and the consequences of sea level rise as climate change accelerates." Includes video, images, sea level rise forecasts, and impacts on the economy, contamination, wetlands, and recreation. (San Francisco Baykeeper)
Publication Date: Oct 1, 2018
Topics: California: Bay Area and Delta / Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species / Flooding / Sea level rise / Water quality /

Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on Reservoir Water Quality
Description: "This project produced a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of climate change on reservoir water quality under a range of climatic scenarios. The aim of the project was to determine how risks will propagate and change with a changing climate. Risks t
Source: Water Research Foundation
Publication Date: Apr 11, 2018
Topics: Dams and reservoirs / Water quality /

Climate Change and the Delta: A Synthesis - Public Draft
Description: "This synthesis paper is organized into nine sections, plus references cited. The next section (Section 2) provides background on climate change as a global stressor to the Delta ecosystem and summarizes the anticipated primary physical effects on the Del
Source: Delta Stewardship Council
Publication Date: Mar 23, 2018
Topics: California: Bay Area and Delta / Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species / Sea level rise / Water quality /

Climate change-induced increases in precipitation are reducing the potential for solar ultraviolet radiation to inactivate pathogens in surface waters
Description: "Climate change is accelerating the release of dissolved organic matter (DOM) to inland and coastal waters through increases in precipitation, thawing of permafrost, and changes in vegetation. Our modeling approach suggests that the selective absorption o
Publication Date: Oct 12, 2017
Topics: Water quality /

Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds
Description: "The area burned annually by wildfires is expected to increase worldwide due to climate change. Burned areas increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, which can increase sedimentation in downstream rivers and reservoirs. However, which watersheds wil
Publication Date: Sep 7, 2017
Topics: Water quality / Wildfires /

A climate stress test of Los Angeles' water quality plans
Description: "Climate change can significantly affect water quality, in addition contributing non-stationarity and deep uncertainty that complicates water quality management. But most of the total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans crafted to meet water qu
Publication Date: Sep 7, 2017
Topics: Adaptation / California: Statewide / Water quality /

Eutrophication will increase during the 21st century as a result of precipitation changes
Description: "Eutrophication, or excessive nutrient enrichment, threatens water resources across the globe. We show that climate change -- induced precipitation changes alone will substantially increase (19 +/- 14%) riverine total nitrogen loading within the continent
Publication Date: Jul 28, 2017
Topics: Precipitation, Extreme Weather / Water quality /

Climate Change Impacts on Harmful Algal Blooms in U.S. Freshwaters: A Screening-Level Assessment
Description: "Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) have serious adverse effects on human and environmental health. Herein, we developed a modeling framework that predicts the effect of climate change on cyanobacteria concentrations in large reservoirs in th
Publication Date: Jun 26, 2017
Topics: Water quality /


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