Assessment of streamflow and catchment water balance sensitivity to climate change for the Yass River catchment in south eastern Australia

Partha Saha, Ketema Zeleke

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Abstract

Probable impacts of climate change on water resources are a great concern for hydrologists, water managers and policy makers. Global warming and climate change is expected to change the water availability. Using physically based hydrological model Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), this study assessed the sensitivity of streamflow to individual and combined changes in temperature and rainfall for the Yass River catchment of south eastern Australia. This study also predicted the change in streamflow based on three climate scenarios (B1, A1B, A2) of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Emission Scenarios and average of four general circulation models (CNRM-CM3, CSIRO-MK3.5, ECHam5 and MIROC3.2) for three future periods (2030, 2050 and 2090). Streamflow of the Yass River was found to be highly sensitive to both temperature and rainfall changes where 1 % change in rainfall might cause 3–5 % change in streamflow and flow might be reduced up to 16 % for 1 °C rise in temperature. Simulation results based on General Circulation Models (GCM) outputs predicted that the Yass River will likely experience huge change in streamflow due to the impact of climate change. However, due to associated uncertainties regarding climate change scenarios and climate models outputs, the results need to be evaluated carefully before making decisions in future water management and planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6229-6242
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Volume73
Issue number10
Early online dateNov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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