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Adaptation Strategies for Water and Energy Sectors in the Southwest | CLIMAS

Adaptation Strategies for Water and Energy Sectors in the Southwest

Adaptation Strategies for Water and Energy Sectors in the Southwest

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This project examines potential climate change and variability adaptation strategies in water, environmental energy sectors in the Southwest. Researchers are investigating how climate influences the market price of water and are developing a menu of supply reliability tools and guidelines for using these tools to enhance water supply reliability, particularly for environmental needs. Researchers are also developing improved methods for predicting and adapting to climate impacts for the generation of electricity.

Persistent drought and climate change affect water and energy costs, and hence choices made by farms, cities and indusrtial water and energy users, as well as energy and water providers’ operations. Increased temperatures will increase summer power demand in the Southwest due to higher energy requirements for indoor cooling, agricultural irrigation, and urban outdoor water use. Multi-decade drought will reduce electricity supply reliability and hydropower generation. Water and power costs are likely to increase, leading to increased financial stress for households and businesses and resource management challenges in the water and energy sectors. This research investigates new methods for predicting and adapting to climate impacts in the water and electricity urban supply sectors, and for providing water for critical habitat needs.