Climate Change and Water Resources Management in the Upper Santa Cruz River, Arizona
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and WRRC Assistant Director Susanna Eden recently co-authored an article on a modeling framework analysis that incorporates climate projections for water resources management in the Upper Santa Cruz River in Arizona.
The article, “Climate change and water resources management in the Upper Santa Cruz River, Arizona,” was published in the Journal of Hydrology and is now available online, free of charge.
Highlights of the article:
- Climate projection in Southern Arizona increase uncertainty in rainfall patterns.
- Future climate is expected to decrease groundwater recharge from streamflow.
- Sound management can alleviate the impact of projected future climate.
- Water resources management strategies can affect long-term reliability of water supplies.
Their co-authors are Eylon Shamir (lead author), Carlos Carrillo, Christopher L. Castro, Hsin-I Chang, Karletta Chief, Frank E. Corkhill, Konstantine P. Georgakakos, Keith M. Nelson and Jacob Prietto.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of working virtually, the WRRC Water RAPIDS team leans into collaborative watershed planning and research with our partners in the Cobre Valley from afar. In November 2020, the team co-convened the Third Annual Cobre Valley Water Forum alongside the Cobre Valley Watershed Partnership (CVWP) and Gila County Cooperative Extension.
UArizona Assistant Professor Courtney Crosson.