University of Oklahoma and NOAA/NSSL
School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences
120 David L. Boren Blvd
Fields of interest
Impacts of Climate Change on Water Availability and Hydrometeorological Extremes
Description of scientific projects
Project Introduction: The availability of freshwater is now recognized as one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Addressing this challenge requires the ability to develop and implement sound and sustainable water resources management policies and practices. Clearly, water availability is significant and is further compounded by population growth and the potential impacts of climate change on the hydrologic cycle. In order to simulate the impacts of climate change on coastal environments, water resources, and human population, an opportunity exists to incorporate historic and future atmospheric, land surface, and demographic states and input them in coupled atmospheric, hydrologic, and hydrodynamic models. This project will provide for the assessment of hydrometeorological extremes (i.e., extended drought, land-falling tropical systems) and their concomitant societal impacts on future water availability at regional and local scales.