Challenges for water managers

  • Evidence of increased climate variability is incontestable
  • Severity of the variability demands urgent responses from water managers
  • Minimization of risk and adaptation to climate variability
  • Adaptation techniques have been applied over many decades
  • Historical climate and hydrological records provide the basis for the determination of reliable water yields and assessment of flood and drought risk
  • The Climate-induced effects may be nonlinear and carry the potential for surprises beyond those already incorporated in water supply system designs
  • Adaptation options for coping with variability now will also help to reduce the impact of climate change in the future


Master of Taoist water management (working with nature) - Li Pi - who constructed the ancient Dujiangyan system in Chengdu China.

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