The Future Role of Hydrometeorological Prediction in Water Management Decision Making
Hudlow, Michael D.
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Water is the life blood of all society. Water is a precious resource which too often in the past has been taken for granted as being always available by simply turning a spigot or enjoying the many benefits it brings in the areas of recreation, hydropower, navigation, irrigation, and many other applications. Increasing and shifting populations, water pollution, and climate variability are placing ever increasing stresses on our water systems. In some parts of the world the problem of water shortages are already so acute that catastrophic environmental and economic impacts are occurring. Over two-thirds of the world's population consumes unsafe drinking water (International Conference on Water and Environment: Development issues for the 21st Century. 26-31 January 1992, Dublin Ireland.)