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Implications of Climate Change for Adaptation by Wastewater and Stormwater Agencies

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Abstract:

Climate changes produced by warming may result in impacts on hydrologic and environmental processes that may have implications for wastewater and stormwater facilities and operations. The uncertainty in climate forecasts is magnified many times by the complexities of tracing climate effects through the subsequent hydrologic and environmental processes that may produce changed operating conditions confronting wastewater and stormwater agencies. This paper illustrates a risk management approach to managing the impacts and implications of climate change in the face of these uncertainties.

Keywords: adaptation; climate change; global warming; risk management; stormwater; sustainability; vulnerability assessment; wastewater

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864710798159219

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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