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An integrated assessment of water-energy and climate change in sacramento, california: how strong is the nexus?


Dale, LL and Karali, N and Millstein, D and Carnall, M and Vicuna, S and Borchers, N and Bustos, E and O'Hagan, J and Purkey, D and Heaps, C and Sieber, J and Collins, WD and Sohn, MD, An integrated assessment of water-energy and climate change in sacramento, california: how strong is the nexus?, Climatic Change pp. 1-13. ISSN 0165-0009 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1370-x


This paper is among the first to report on the full integration of basin-scale models that include projections of the demand and supply of water and energy for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sector users. We link two widely used regional planning models that allow one to study the impact of rising climate variability on water and electricity use in Sacramento, California. Historic data combined with the current energy and water system configuration was used to assess the implications of changes in temperature and precipitation. Climate simulations suggest that electricity imports to the region would increase during hot dry spells, when regional power production is most constrained. In particular, regional imports of electricity would increase over 35 % in hot dry years, assuming a 4 C increase in average temperature and a 25 % decrease in average precipitation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, energy, california, climate variability
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change processes
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Borchers, N (Mr Nicolas Borchers Arriagada)
ID Code:140091
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-07-24
Last Modified:2020-08-26

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