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Using climate and water models to examine future water availability and biodiversity in CA and the Great Basin


As the predicted impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent, natural resource managers are faced with the task of developing climate adaptation plans. These managers need state-of-the-art, scientifically based information upon which to base these management plans and decisions consistently across California and the Great Basin. In this  webinar, principal investigator Lorraine Flint, USGS, will provide an overview of the project and emerging results. The project applies historical, current, and projected climate data to a regional water model to examine water availability, biodiversity, and conservation. Analysis of this climate and hydrology data will help managers understand areas in the region and landscape where the effects of climate change are expected to be the most profound. The study also addresses how the environment is likely to change and how certain the scientific community is about these changes. Collaboration among managers, scientists, conservation organizations, and others will guide the utility, understandability, relevance, and accessibility of the findings from this project.