oa CSIR Science Scope - Local risk atlas can help government planning : the inextricable link : climate change and our water resource
|Article Title||Local risk atlas can help government planning : the inextricable link : climate change and our water resource|
|© Publisher:||Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)|
|Journal||CSIR Science Scope|
|Author||Christine Colvin, David Le Maitre and Daleen Lotter|
|Publication Date||Aug 2009|
|Pages||70 - 71|
South Africa is a dry country with a mean annual rainfall of about 490 mm (half the world average) of which only 9% is converted to river run-off. The overall impact of climate change on water resources is uncertain, and will vary significantly from place to place within South Africa. The Department of Science and Technology commissioned the CSIR to project manage a SA Risk and Vulnerability Atlas; with key inputs from South African institutions and research groups. This could be an important tool to help local government plan for the most serious risks they face locally.
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