Hydrologic impacts of climate change and urbanization in the Las Vegas Wash Watershed, Nevada

Susanna T. Y. Tong, Heng Yang, Heyin Chen, Jeffrey Y. Yang
  • Journal of Water and Climate Change, March 2016, IWA Publishing
  • DOI: 10.2166/wcc.2016.038

Hydrologic impacts of climate and land use changes

What is it about?

This study explores the potential impacts of future climate and land use changes on water resources in the hot and semi-arid yet densely populated Las Vegas Wash Watershed.

Why is it important?

Our climate is changing and many places are undergoing a rapid process of urbanization. The impacts of these changes will undoubtedly affect the availability of clean water resources. This is especially important in a hot and semi-arid environment where clean water supply is already at a premium. In the American Southwest, Lake Mead is an important source of clean water, but it is drying up. Thus, it is important to have a better understanding of what the future will entail. As such, water resources managers would be able to devise some practical and efficient mitigation strategies.

Perspectives

Dr Susanna T.Y. Tong
University of Cincinnati

This publication disseminates a part of the results of our research project on the American Southwest. In the face of future environmental changes, this kind of research projects is particularly important not only to the academic community but also to the practitioners.

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