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|Date:||February 11, 2015|
The context of freshwater availability: Interrelations among water, climate, and energy
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|Presenter:||Dr. James Meldrum, Institute of Behavioral Science, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder|
The amount of freshwater available for ecological processes is a function of human decisions about water resources. Climate, energy, and water are fundamentally linked such that shifts in one sector have cascading impacts on the others. For example, in the Southwestern U.S., a naturally arid system, water availability is declining as a consequence of climate change and population growth. Adaptations by the water sector to convey, store, and develop new water sources (e.g. desalination, groundwater pumping, water-reuse) are designed to enhance the sector's sustainability. However, west wide, approximately 20% of total electricity generation goes toward supplying and heating water. If future investments made by the water sector continue to follow current trends, the dependence of water on energy availability will grow, meaning that the water supply will be increasingly reliant on the electricity system.
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