Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability

  title={Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability},
  author={Robert I. McDonald and P. Green and D. Balk and B. Fekete and C. Revenga and M. Todd and Mark A. Montgomery},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={6312 - 6317}
  • Robert I. McDonald, P. Green, +4 authors Mark A. Montgomery
  • Published 2011
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Nearly 3 billion additional urban dwellers are forecasted by 2050, an unprecedented wave of urban growth. While cities struggle to provide water to these new residents, they will also face equally unprecedented hydrologic changes due to global climate change. Here we use a detailed hydrologic model, demographic projections, and climate change scenarios to estimate per-capita water availability for major cities in the developing world, where urban growth is the fastest. We estimate the amount of… CONTINUE READING
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