Water resource planning and climate change

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Climate change has many effects on the hydrological cycle, intensifying the discordance between historical and operational hydrology. Simultaneously, rapid population growth and economic development have increased sectoral water demands and changing land use patterns. Thus, climate change is inevitably influencing the operational performance of reservoirs and will cause deterioration in reservoir vulnerability. This chapter briefly reviews some recent work related to climate change and presents examples considering climate change characteristics. It also presents the possible effects of climate change on water resources and then discusses performance metrics of reservoirs, including time- and volume-based reliability, resilience, and vulnerability and provides a systematic approach to studying the effects of climate change on the performance of reservoirs. The multipurpose Pong and Bhakra reservoirs in northern India were used as illustrative case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater and Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Development, Environmental and Policy Issues
EditorsTrevor M. Letcher
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780323998758
ISBN (Print)9780323998765
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Indus Basin
  • reservoir operation
  • water budget components
  • water reservoir performance indices
  • Water resource planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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