Water Management

Farmers, ranchers and foresters in some regions of the U.S. contend with an overabundance of water while other regions are frequently challenged by drought and water scarcity. The 100th meridian is often touted as the dividing line between the wet eastern United States and the dry, water-limited west. Projected changes in average annual precipitation show increases in much of the northern U.S. and decreases in the southern U.S., exacerbating the water-related challenges already faced in these areas. For example, an increase in spring precipitation may reduce the number of workable field days, reduce crop yields and disrupt planting operations in wetter regions. Extreme precipitation has generally increased and is projected to continue to increase across the U.S. with a warming atmosphere. Flooding related to more extreme precipitation could impact agricultural production and surface water quality as nutrient concentrations and sediment loads are washed from fields into nearby waterways.  More extreme precipitation could also increase climate risk from aging water infrastructure.

View where the Coastal Resilience program is working. Explore data and spatial analysis results for the rivers and shorelines of those locals so that managers and planners can explore the role of natural habitat in risk reduction along marine and fresh water shorelines to inform...

Coastal Resilience: Mapping portal

This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions to enhance coastal resilience.

Coastal Resilience


The mission of the Center is to generate and integrate knowledge and information to provide credible prediction, early detection, and quantitative assessment of environmental threats in the western United States. The goal of WWETAC is to inform policy and support the management...

Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC)

To connect users with climate change science related to forest planning needs. Users can filter a database of scientific evidence that identifies possible effects of climate change on forest ecosystems (along with agriculture, rangeland, and livestock, in development) and...

TACCIMO: Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options

A series of integrated decision support tools to help agricultural businesses add value. AgBizEnvironment gives you the ability to account for environmental impacts when analyzing business decisions. AgBizClimate is both a farm-level decision support tool and an assessment tool...

AgBiz Logic

Agricultural Policy/Enviornmental eXtender Model http://epicapex.tamu.edu/apex/

APEX has components for routing water, sediment, nutrients, and pesticides across complex landscapes and channel systems to the watershed outlet as well as groundwater and reservoir components. A watershed can be subdivided as much as necessary to assure that each subarea is...

Agricultural Policy Environmental eXtender Model (APEX)

In the Northwest ranchers, landowners, and land managers are facing the challenges of a changing climate and are altering their management decisions as a result. Warmer winters and springs can result in reduced snowmelt and more rain than snow in the mountains, reducing water...

Northwest Ranching - Adapting to Climate Change

Provide resources and adaptation strategies for land managers that have been vetted by scientists and land managers in other areas.

Adaptation Partners: Climate Change Adaptation Library

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