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Blake et al. 2015

Blake, R., R. Khanbilvardi, L. Ferrand, D. Rind, and C. Rosenzweig, 2015: Assessing climate change impacts on Jamaica's Rio Cobre River Basin. In Hydrology in the Humid Tropical Environment: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Kingston, Jamaica, November 1996. A.I. Johnson and C.A. Fernández-Jáuregui, Eds., IAHS Publ. 253. International Association of Hydrological Sciences, pp. 185-193.

Anthropogenic activities may be causing an increase in the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" resulting in a shift of the atmosphere's radiative balance. Consequently, global and regional temperatures, rainfall patterns and other climatic variables may be altered. The timing and magnitude of runoff, soil moisture storage, lake and river depths and water quality may also be affected. These possible changes could have serious implications for future global and regional water resources and their management. The availability and management of water in tropical areas are paramount concerns. With growing populations, mostly agrarian economies and mass migration from rural areas to urban centres, the demand for adequate and safe supplies of water has never been greater, especially in the over-populated capitals of these tropical countries. A persistent problem in water resources manage-ment for tropical areas is the lack of reliable information on the quality, quantity, and spatial and seasonal distribution of available water. Expected climate change may exacerbate the complexity of this problem. To this end, climate change scenarios from the General Circulation Model (GCM) of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) were used in c011junction with the Sacramento Watershed Model to assess possible climate change impacts on a major watershed in Jamaica. Preliminary studies show that the watershed is expected to become severely stressed. Adequate adaptation and mitigation strategies should, therefore, be considered.

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@inproceedings{bl03100n,
  author={Blake, R. and Khanbilvardi, R. and Ferrand, L. and Rind, D. and Rosenzweig, C.},
  editor={Johnson, A. I. and Fernández-Jáuregui, C. A.},
  title={Assessing climate change impacts on Jamaica's Rio Cobre River Basin},
  booktitle={Hydrology in the Humid Tropical Environment: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Kingston, Jamaica, November 1996},
  year={2015},
  pages={185--193},
  publisher={International Association of Hydrological Sciences},
  series={IAHS Publ. 253},
}

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SP  - 185
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PB  - International Association of Hydrological Sciences
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