University of South Carolina researchers have been awarded a one million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue investigating the effects of climate change on water resources.
The researchers are adapting a modeling system being used to track the effects of climate change to rivers and streams in the Catawba-Wateree Basin and the Yadkin-Pee Dee Basin. Their basic research questions include:
- How can current operational practices benefit from greater use of historic and near-real time climate information?
- How can models be improved to better represent the key interactions between climate and hydrologic systems that are identified by water resource managers?
- What is the most effective way to present the science of future climate variability into the current decision-making framework?
- What are the parameters of climate variability that have the greatest influence on the decisions of water resource managers and users heavily dependent on water?
- What are decision makers’ tolerance levels for climate variability and uncertainty in forecasts and what priorities order their associated risks of failure?