Colorado River Basin Allocation in the Era of Climate Change: The Role of GIS for Water Conservation Management

Fulton, Rica (2013) Colorado River Basin Allocation in the Era of Climate Change: The Role of GIS for Water Conservation Management. [Abstract]

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Abstract

Climate change has many implications for the Colorado River and the millions of people the lifeline supports. Allocation and water management in the arid west seems to be increasingly complex, as climate change, coupled with population growth, add another perplexing aspect for water managers. Average predictions for Colorado River flows range anywhere between a 6%-20% decrease by 2050, despite the water stored in Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which are already are far below average historic levels. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing technologies have been evolving since the 1970s and are serving as vital tools for sharing, visualizing, analyzing, and manipulating spatial data. GIS technology create excellent mechanisms for water managers, scientists, politicians, and the public interests groups with consistent information on temperature data, precipitation, snowpack, soil types, land use and a multitude of other factors, which determine the health and survival of the river. GIS is a critical device that needs to be utilized for conservation of vital water resources in the Colorado River Basin.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change, Colorado River, water management, water supply, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing technologies, water conservation
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Engineering
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Geosciences
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 16:47
Last Modified: 09 May 2013 16:47
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/231


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