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Modeling and Projecting the Influence of Climate Change on Texas Surface Waters and their Aquatic Biotic Communities


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Water scarcity is a growing concern in Texas, where surface water is derived almost entirely from rainfall. Changes in air temperature and precipitation patterns associated with global climate change are anticipated to regionally affect the quality and quantity of inland surface waters and consequently their suitability as habitat for freshwater life. In addition to directly affecting resident organisms and populations, these changes in physicochemical traits of aquatic habitats may favor the establishment of harmful invasive species. As conflicts over the use of water resources grow in intensity, this information will become important for fish and wildlife managers to anticipate impacts of climate change on trust resources and to [...]

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Principal Investigator :
Reynaldo Patino
Co-Investigator :
William H Asquith, Katherine Hayhoe, Chris Taylor
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Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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