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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released new regional climate change and hydrology literature syntheses for Great Lakes Region, Lower Colorado Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Rio Grande Region, Souris-Red-Rainy Region and Texas Gulf Region.

The reports are part of a series of 21 regional climate syntheses prepared by USACE under the leadership of the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) Global and Climate Change team at the scale of 2-digit U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC) across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

These newly posted Civil Works Technical Reports are:

  • Great Lakes Region: Water Resources Region 04. The Detroit, Buffalo, New York, and New England USACE districts each include territory within Water Resources Region 04.
    Report: High Resolution (pdf, 11.40 MB) | Low Resolution (pdf, 3.76 MB)
  • Lower Colorado Region: Water Resources Region 15. The majority of the Lower Colorado Region is within the USACE Los Angeles district territory, but also extends into the USACE Albuquerque district.
    Report: High Resolution (pdf, 11.24 MB) | Low Resolution (pdf, 3.83 MB)
  • Mid-Atlantic Region: Water Resources Region 02. The New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Norfolk USACE districts each include territory within the region.
    Report: High Resolution (pdf, 10.97 MB) | Low Resolution (pdf, 3.49 MB)
  • Rio Grande Region: Region 13. The region encompasses portions of the Albuquerque and Fort Worth USACE districts.
    Report: High Resolution (pdf, 10.54 MB) | Low Resolution (pdf, 3.24 MB)
  • Souris-Red-Rainy Region: Region 09. The region is fully within the St. Paul USACE district.
    Report: High Resolution (pdf, 11.55 MB) | Low Resolution (pdf, 3.55 MB)
  • Texas Gulf Region: Region 12. The Albuquerque, Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Galveston USACE districts each include territory within the region.
    Report: High Resolution (pdf, 10.25 MB) | Low Resolution (pdf, 2.92 MB)

USACE is increasingly considering potential climate change impacts when undertaking long-term planning, setting priorities and making decisions that affect resources, programs, policies and operations.

Each of these regional reports summarizes observed and projected climate and hydrological patterns cited in reputable peer-reviewed literature and authoritative national and regional reports, and characterizes climate threats to USACE business lines, (e.g., flood risk management). They also provide context and linkage to other agency resources for climate resilience planning, such as downscaled climate data for subregions and watershed vulnerability assessment tools.

Kathleen D. White, PhD, PE, and Jeffrey R. Arnold, PhD, of IWR's Global and Climate Change team are leading the effort. More information about these regional climate change and hydrology literature syntheses and other vulnerability assessments and reporting can be found on the Responses to Climate Change website.

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revised September 02, 2015

 

 

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