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Richard Taylor at World Climate Conference 3 in Geneva

Leads event on Groundwater and Climate

Richard Taylor at World Climate Conference 3 in Geneva

Dr. Richard Taylor led a side event, Groundwater & Climate, at the recent World Climate Conference 3 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event was sponsored by the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO, under its GRAPHIC initiative, and was designed to address the situation highlighted by both the Third (2001) and Fourth (2007) Assessment Reports of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):  "Groundwater is the major source of drinking water across much of the world. but there has been very little research on the potential effects of climate change".


The side event featured hydrologists, climatologists, modelers, water managers and policy makers, and sought, (1) to discuss constraints on the improved representation of groundwater in models and the use of climate and groundwater information to inform climate change adaptation and, (2) to initiate dialogue between groundwater and climate scientists at the global level. Outputs from these discussions will be published and disseminated through a variety of fora, including the International Association of Hydrogeologists' (IAH) Commission on Groundwater & Climate Change, of which Dr. Taylor is co-chair.






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