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Linking global climate models with groundwater-surface water models: A new study for the Central California Valley

March 9, 2012

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Percent reduction in discharge (millions of cubic meters) from the principal surrounding watersheds of the California Central Valley from early to late in the 21st century.
CNAP researchers (led by Randy Hanson) recently published an article discussing the development of a modeling system that links global climate models with regional hydrologic models, using the California Central Valley as a case study. This method employs a supply and demand framework that can be used to simulate and analyze potential climate change and conjunctive use. Application of this method demonstrates the potential transition from predominantly surface water to groundwater supply for agriculture with secondary effects that may limit this transition of conjunctive use.


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