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Water-related climate risks

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Future changes in the hydrological cycle may have important impacts on the society, e.g. with regard to flood risks, water availability and water quality. Although climate observations do not show consistent global trends in the hydrological cycle despite of the global warming in the past century, strong regional and seasonal changes are possible. Even if for some regions the mean hydrological cycle may not change, a change in the intensity distribution of precipitation may have significant impacts (Lorenz et al. 2008).

Changing water levels, temperatures and flow will in turn affect food supply, health, industry, transportation, and ecosystem integrity.

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