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California's Vulnerability To Climate Change Is Largely Related To Water Supply

Submitted by Anna Taylor 2nd October 2009 22:25


The Sierra Nevada Mountains, California's "water tower" (Source: Chelys, 2009)

California's vulnerability to climate change is largely related to water supply. This is most true in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California's "water tower". In this region, numerous actors seek to balance multiple water management objectives while responding to many stresses. These stresses include current climate variability, catastrophic fire, land-use change and urbanization and the need to develop and maintain healthy rural economies. Climate warming will lead to reductions in water supply through loss of the Sierra snowpack, placing additional stress on water managers and water-dependent economies in the Sierras and all across California.