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The Influence of Climate on Lower Colorado Streamflow Variability: Present, Past, and Future | CLIMAS

The Influence of Climate on Lower Colorado Streamflow Variability: Present, Past, and Future

The Influence of Climate on Lower Colorado Streamflow Variability: Present, Past, and Future

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The overarching goal of this study is to evaluate the seasonal climatic components that control surface water supplies in the lower Colorado River basin (LCRB), with a specific focus on the influence of temperature on annual streamflow in recent decades. The project team identified interested resource management partners in the LCRB to help shape a research agenda that addressed climatic controls on surface water supplies in ways that are relevant to resource management. We began a dialogue in late summer 2018 with a small group (10-12) of potential research partners to identify research questions and have continued to work with a subset of these partners over the past year.

A set of fact sheets describe the main results for the climate and streamflow analysis of the Salt, Gila, and Verde Rivers. They highlight the main points regarding streamflow and climate relationships, trends in key climatic variables, and the role of climate during multi-year droughts. https://cwoodhouse.faculty.arizona.edu/content/influence-climate-lower-c....