Water Research Foundation Launches Climate Change Information Library
The Water Research Foundation recently launched a beta version of its Web site dedicated to providing scientific information and practical advice about climate change’s impact on water. The site, www.theclimatechangeclearinghouse.org, is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for water utilities and the public seeking information about this rapidly changing topic. The site is part of the Foundation’s sustained, multi-year effort to evaluate the impact of climate change on water and help solve the challenges it poses to our nation’s water suppliers.
“Our climate change clearinghouse provides a much needed service: it distills scientifically credible, available knowledge and offers an in-depth view of the topic. It also provides practical, hands-on guidance for water utilities,” said Robert C. Renner, the Foundation’s executive director. “In the long run, we hope users will visit the site not only to get the latest information, and tools, but also to share insights, experiences and lessons-learned relating to the management of climate change.”
The climate change clearinghouse provides an overview of existing knowledge about climate change, including fundamentals of climate change science, and effects of climate change on the water cycle. Users can find case studies about how leading water utilities have incorporated climate change into their strategic planning. The site also includes links to relevant information and activities of other organizations and federal agencies.
The Foundation will continue to add information to ensure that the site is relevant and current. In the long run, the site will be a hub of social networking tools to help users share information as the state of climate science evolves.
About Climate Change and Water
Scientists agree that ongoing changes in our global climate will impact the environment and freshwater resources, and that the effects of such changes are already being felt in some places. Climate change is likely to trigger unpredictable rains and floods in some areas, making it more challenging to treat and store water. In other areas, hotter weather and decreased precipitation will likely reduce water supply and increase consumer demand. Ultimately, less water may impact our communities, agricultural production, and economic development.
The Water Research Foundation has sponsored a large body of research on energy management and sustainable water dating to the early 1990s, and also initiated the first research aimed specifically at climate change impact on water in 2003. Their partners in Europe and Australia have provided case studies that teach best practices.