IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water
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June 2008: This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Technical Paper is the sixth paper in the IPCC Technical Paper series and was produced in response to a proposal by the Secretariat of the World Climate Programme – Water and the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on Water and Climate at the 19th Plenary […]

June
2008: This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Technical Paper is the sixth paper in the IPCC Technical Paper series and was
produced in response to a proposal by the Secretariat of the World Climate
Programme – Water and the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on
Water and Climate at the 19th Plenary Session of the IPCC, which took place in
Geneva, Switzerland in April 2002.

The Paper addresses the issue of freshwater and highlights the
interconnections among climate, freshwater, biophysical and socio-economic
systems. Sea level rise is dealt with only insofar as it can lead to impacts on
freshwater in coastal areas and beyond. The Paper recalls that observational records and climate projections
provide evidence that freshwater resources are vulnerable and have the potential
to be strongly impacted by climate change, with wide-ranging consequences on
human societies and ecosystems. It also finds that warming over several decades
has been linked to changes in the large-scale hydrological cycle such as:
increasing atmospheric water vapor content; changing precipitation patterns,
intensity and extremes; reduced snow cover and widespread melting of ice; and
changes in soil moisture and runoff. The authors conclude that freshwater-related issues are critical in
determining key regional and sectoral vulnerabilities, and that the
relationship between climate change and freshwater resources has implications
for all living species. [The Paper]

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