Focus on Water Storage for Managing Climate Extremes and Change

Focus on Water Storage for Managing Climate Extremes and Change

Scanlon, B. R., & Smakhtin, V. (2016). Focus on water storage for managing climate extremes and change. Environmental Research Letters, 11(12), 120208.

The articles in this focus issue evaluate various aspects of water storage to manage water supply variability related to climate extremes and change within the context of reduced natural storage associated with wetlands, groundwater floodplains, glaciers and snow. Most of the papers in the focus issue address topics related to surface water reservoirs, including estimating storage-reliability-yield relationships, storage requirements for water supply variability, economic issues related to coordinated reservoir management, storage operations under climate change, impacts of regulation and fragmentation on river flows, and economic aspects of management. In addition to surface reservoirs, storage from rainwater harvesting and in aquifers are also examined. Studies vary from global to basin scale. This focus issue provides valuable insights for use of storage to buffer climate extremes and change considering human and ecosystem demands for current and projected future climate conditions.