Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management

Project Overview
Location: Southwest U.S.
Sponsors: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Global Programs
PI/Co-PIs: Dr. Eylon Shamir (HRC)
Collaborators: Sharon B Megdal, Director, and Susanna Eden, Assistant Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona; Christopher Castro, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona; Karletta Chief, Dept. of Soils, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

The project addresses uncertainties with meeting water demands in semi-arid regions for groundwater dependent communities where aquifers are being replenished by intermittent streamflow events.  As projected and observed climatic changes for the Southwest U.S. increase these uncertainties, the project was designed to employ a novel modeling framework and extensive stakeholder interactions to achieve the following three objectives: (1) address climate uncertainties with a sophisticated modeling framework; (2) increase stakeholder capacity to adapt water planning and management to future climate uncertainties; and (3) establish the transferability of the modeling framework and capacity building approach.

More information on the project can be  found in the Groundwater, Climate And Stakeholder Engagement (GCASE) web page:  GCASE

An open source link a journal article:

Shamir,  E., S.B. Megdal, C. Carrillo, C.L. Castro, H-I Chang, K. Chief,  F.E. Corkhill, S. Eden, K.P. Georgakakos, K.M. Nelson, J. Prietto. 2015. Climate change and water resources management in the Upper Santa Cruz River, Arizona.  Journal of Hydrology, 521:18-33. Article