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Robustness indicators for evaluation under climate change: application to the Upper Great Lakes

TitleRobustness indicators for evaluation under climate change: application to the Upper Great Lakes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMoody P, Brown C
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume49
Issue6
Start Page3576
Pagination3576–3588
Date Published06/2013
Abstract

Given the range of future uncertainty, there is increasing interest in developing and evaluating water management strategies that are robust to an uncertain future. As part of a process termed “decision scaling,” a climate response function was developed to isolate the impact of climate change on a water system in terms of hazards identified by stakeholders. The climate response function was then used to evaluate system performance over a wide range of climate conditions and to define robustness indicators. The robustness indicators, which measure system performance as a function of climate state, are conditioned on explicit assumptions about climate variable probability distributions. To illustrate this process, it is applied to the upper Great Lakes to evaluate system robustness related to water management decisions and assess the impact of climate probability assumptions. The robustness indicators were used to identify decisions that outperformed other courses of action regardless of assumptions of future climate probabilities.

DOI10.1002/wrcr.20228