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Geographic Vulnerability Analysis of Water Resources in the Phoenix Area

Granite Reef Dam

This project, initiated in fall 2007, is developing a geographic vulnerability analysis of water resources in the Phoenix AMA under conditions of climate change. We are developing a spatially explicit analysis of projected effects of global climate change on surface water resources in the Phoenix area in light of anticipated population growth and water portfolios of regional water providers.

This project, initiated in fall 2007, is developing a geographic vulnerability analysis of water resources in the Phoenix AMA under conditions of climate change. We are developing a spatially explicit analysis of projected effects of global climate change on surface water resources in the Phoenix area in light of anticipated population growth and water portfolios of regional water providers. At issue is the likelihood of increasing drying in the US West, particularly in both the Colorado River and Salt/Verde River watersheds. The project is looking at how shortfalls in water supplies in 2025 are likely to manifest themselves spatially in the metro area among different water providers. The project will examine the projected distribution of shortfalls in the context of continued peripheral growth in the metropolitan area.

Note: This project may no longer be externally funded, but collaborative research opportunities may still exist.

Presentation and Events:
‘Water resources, climate change and urban vulnerability: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona.’ Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, April 2008. 

 Funding Source:
Decision Center for a Desert City

Bob Bolin, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Mohan Seetharam, Arizona State University Decision Center for a Desert City
Patricia Gober, Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning/School of Sustainability/Decision Center for a Desert City
Brian Pompeii, Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning