America’s Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

A new report issued by the Columbia University Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, raises an additional concern to add to future projections of water scarcity. The study clearly shows that decision-makers need to be thinking beyond the problems of water scarcity, to the way drought will affect regions that are already facing problems. “Droughts will create an additional impact that needs to be understood, because drought magnifies the effects of scarcity,” said Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia University Water Center.

Links:
America’s Water Stress Index
For the full report see: Shi, D., N. Devineni, U. Lall and E. Piñero. 2013.  America’s Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability. A Columbia Water Center Whitepaper in conjunction with Veolia Water North America.


Mentors: Dr. Naresh Devineni and Dr. Upmanu Lall


Project completed Spring, 2013