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Impacts of Climate Change on Water Flows in the Red River Basin

A South Central CSC Funding Opportunity 2013 Project
Principal Investigator
Wayne Kellogg


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The Red River Basin is a vital source of water in the South Central U.S., supporting ecosystems, drinking water, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and cultural ceremonies. Stretching from the High Plains of New Mexico eastward to the Mississippi River, the Red River Basin encompasses parts of five states – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Further, 74% of the jurisdictional boundaries of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes are located within the basin. Water resources in the basin have been stressed in recent years due to a multi-year drought and increasing demands for consumptive use by metropolitan areas in Oklahoma and Texas. Unfortunately, currently available projections of future precipitation across the [...]

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Principal Investigator :
Wayne Kellogg
Co-Investigator :
Renee McPherson, Yang Hong
Cooperator/Partner :
Barney Austin, Derek Rosendahl, Carlos Gaitan, Lei Qiao
Funding Agency :
South Central CSC
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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The Red River Basin is located in five states and stretches from the New Mexico border to the Mississippi River. It receives an average annual precipitation of 14 inches per year in its headwaters to greater than 60 inches per year where it flows into the Mississippi River. The basin lies within the boundaries of three Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). Determining the impact of climate change on the flows of the Red River and its tributaries is essential for water management and water supply planning. Major metropolitan areas in Oklahoma and North Texas are looking at the Red River basin for their future water supplies. This study will involve the use of downscaled global climate models, the development of a distributed rainfall--‐runoff models (VIC), as well as a channel routing water management tool (RiverWare). Integrating this suite of models will improve water management decisions. These tools will reduce the impacts of floods and droughts, and inform decision--‐makers regarding the need for additional impoundments or inter--‐basin transfer. The tools developed for this study also can be used to evaluate the impacts of low flows on aquatic life or evaluate water quality at different flow conditions.

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