Climatic change and water availability in the Rio Grande and Pecos River basins

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Title:
Climatic change and water availability in the Rio Grande and Pecos River basins
Author:
Quinlan, Peter Thomas.
Issue Date:
1982
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Climatologists have speculated that increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide deriving from fossil fuel combustion will result in a warmer, drier climate for many parts of the world. One such area which is already facing serious water shortages is the upper Rio Grande Basin. A climatic water balance equation was adopted to model three representative drainages within the basin in order to investigate the effects of this climatic change on streamflow. Results show that a 2°C increase in temperature and a 10% decrease in precipitation would result in a 30% decline in streamflow. Since demand already exceeds or approaches supply, such a diminution in water yield would have serious regional and national ramifications.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric -- Rio Grande Watershed.; Water-supply -- Rio Grande Watershed -- Climatic changes.; Stream measurements -- Rio Grande Watershed.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Hydrology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Stockton, Charles Wayne

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleClimatic change and water availability in the Rio Grande and Pecos River basinsen_US
dc.creatorQuinlan, Peter Thomas.en_US
dc.contributor.authorQuinlan, Peter Thomas.en_US
dc.date.issued1982en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractClimatologists have speculated that increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide deriving from fossil fuel combustion will result in a warmer, drier climate for many parts of the world. One such area which is already facing serious water shortages is the upper Rio Grande Basin. A climatic water balance equation was adopted to model three representative drainages within the basin in order to investigate the effects of this climatic change on streamflow. Results show that a 2°C increase in temperature and a 10% decrease in precipitation would result in a 30% decline in streamflow. Since demand already exceeds or approaches supply, such a diminution in water yield would have serious regional and national ramifications.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshGreenhouse effect, Atmospheric -- Rio Grande Watershed.en_US
dc.subject.lcshWater-supply -- Rio Grande Watershed -- Climatic changes.en_US
dc.subject.lcshStream measurements -- Rio Grande Watershed.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairStockton, Charles Wayneen_US
dc.identifier.oclc212893749en_US
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