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  • Water shortages and extreme events: a call for research

    Water shortages as a result of extreme weather events, such as flooding and severe cold, have the potential to affect significant numbers of people. Therefore, the need to build robust, coordinated plans based on scientific evidence is crucial. The literature review outlined in this short communication was conducted as part of a joint Drinking Water Inspectorate and Health Protection Agency (now ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Loss UK 2012

    In May 2005 a seminar was held at the NEC in Birmingham to introduce the UK water industry to the work of the International Water Association (IWA) Water Loss Task Force. A similar event was held at the NEC Crowne Plaza Hotel in June 2009. Both events were well received and attracted over 100 delegates. Since then the WLTF has become a Specialist Group in IWA due to the importance ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Impact of rainfall temporal resolution on urban water quality modelling performance and uncertainties

    A key control on the response of an urban drainage model is how well the observed rainfall records represent the real rainfall variability. Particularly in urban catchments with fast response flow regimes, the selection of temporal resolution in rainfall data collection is critical. Furthermore, the impact of the rainfall variability on the model response is amplified for water quality ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water scarcity & climate change: Growing risks for businesses & investors

    Water is crucial for the economy. Virtually every industry from agriculture, electric power and industrial manufacturing to beverage, apparel, and tourism relies on it to grow and ultimately sustain their business. Yet water is becoming scarcer globally and every indication is that it will become even more so in the future. Decreasing availability, declining quality, and growing demand for water ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • AU optronics uses aqueduct maps to assess water risk

    This post is part of a series on World Water Week, an annual event designed to draw attention to and discuss global water issues. Read more posts in this series. This piece was co-authored by Keith Liao, Senior Engineer with the AU Optronics Corporate ...

  • Opportunities for harnessing the increased contribution of glacier and snowmelt flows in the Ganges basin

    The topography of the Ganges basin is highly variable, with the steep mountainous region of the Himalaya upstream and the large fertile plains in eastern India and Bangladesh downstream. The contribution from the glaciers to streamflows is supposed to be significant but there is uncertainty surrounding the impact of climate change on glaciers. An application of the Water Evaluation and Planning ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Drought management policies in Spain and the European Union: from traditional emergency actions to Drought Management Plans

    Droughts are current challenges to the economic, social and environmental development of a region, as reflected in European Union (EU) water policies. In addition, the impacts of droughts can be aggravated by climate change effects, adding pressure to already water stressed areas in the EU. This paper presents a general overview of drought management policies in the EU and in Spain. The paper ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Regional climate change and adaptation

    Spanning the centre of continental Europe, the Alps play a crucial role in accumulating and supplying water to the continent. Recognised as the 'water towers of Europe', the mountains host most of the headwaters of the rivers Danube, Rhine, Po and Rhone; as such, they deliver vital ecosystem services both within and beyond the region, underpinning social and economic wellbeing in vast lowland ...

  • How climate change impacts America’s energy infrastructure

    As we’ve seen recently with Hurricane Sandy, epic drought, and wildfires, climate change visibly impacts lives and livelihoods throughout ...

  • Could food shortages bring down civilization?

    “In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted,” writes Lester R. Brown in his new book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (W.W. Norton & Company). “In response, officials said they would reduce their wheat harvest by one eighth each year ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • The Science Behind the U.S. Drought

    Heat and drought continue to blanket the United States, leaving 54 percent of the nation’s pasture and rangeland, 38 percent of its corn crop, and 30 percent of soybeans in “poor” or “very poor” condition. As of the end of June, 55 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate or extreme drought – the most ...

  • Analyses and effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

    Climate change, interacting with changes in land use and demographics, will affect important human dimensions in the United States, especially those related to human health, settlements and welfare. The challenges presented by population growth, an aging population, migration patterns, and urban and coastal development will be compounded by changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme ...

  • Development and Testing of Methods to Assess The Impact of Climate Change on Flood And Drought Hazards at The European Scale

    During the last 100 years global climate has warmed by an average of 0.6ºC, owing in part to human induced greenhouse gas emissions. Based on different scenarios of future greenhouse gas emissions, projections of climate models indicate another 1.4 to 5.8 ºC of warming over the next century (IPCC, 2001a). The projected change in climate will significantly impact the hydrological cycle. A warmer ...


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