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About IDCA

This project aims to provide practical insights to help urban water systems identify drought management strategies that are robust across a range of time scales.

The IDCA project was funded by the Sectoral Application Research Program of NOAA's Climate Program Office.

Interactions of Drought and Climate Adaptation for Urban Water
University of Colorado Boulder

Municipalities have responded in various ways to past droughts, enacting a variety of policies to cope with temporary shortages in water supply. These measures have been largely successful at reducing short-term demand during drought events, as well as constraining the long-term per capita consumption of water even as population grows. Now, though, water systems also face the likelihood of long-term climate change, raising a fundamental question: have previous responses to short-term drought events led to more resilient urban water systems across climate time scales?
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