Short-Term Climate Predictions for Water Management

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Short-term climate predictions (two weeks to two years) have many applications in operation of water supply and flood control facilities. They can influence use of water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control operation, recreational use of reservoirs, and numerous related water operations. The climate predictions now available have limited usefulness. Their value will increase markedly as ongoing research improves their dependability.

1Consulting Civil Engineer, Water Management, (California Department of Water Resources, Retired), Diamond Springs, Calif. 95619.

Short-term climate predictions (two weeks to two years) have many applications in operation of water supply and flood control facilities. They can influence use of water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control operation, recreational use of reservoirs, and numerous related water operations. The climate predictions now available have limited usefulness. Their value will increase markedly as ongoing research improves their dependability.

1Consulting Civil Engineer, Water Management, (California Department of Water Resources, Retired), Diamond Springs, Calif. 95619.

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