Climate and Hydrology in the Colorado River Basin

NASA Sally Ride EarthKAM Image Gallery, April 2017 Mission, IMAGE_136343

In recent decades, increasing water demand, dry conditions, and warming temperatures have impacted the Colorado River, creating greater uncertainty about the future of the basin’s water supply. With support and guidance from over a dozen federal, state, and local water agencies, WWA researchers teamed up with leading experts to integrate nearly 800 peer-reviewed studies, agency reports, and other sources to assess the state of the science and technical practice relevant to water resources in the Colorado River Basin.

Projects Include


Lukas, J., and E. Payton, eds. (2020). Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology: State of the Science. Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder, doi: 10.25810/3hcv-w477.


Woelders, L., J. Lukas, E. Payton, and B. Duncan (2020). Snowpack Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West: A User Guide. Western Water Assessment.


Livneh, Ben, and A.M. Badger (2020). Drought less predictable under declining future snowpackNature Climate Change, 10, 452–458, doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0754-8.