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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hydrological extremes across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in a changing climate

Authors:

Ridwan Siddique

Ambarish Karmalkar

Fengyun Sun

Richard Palmer

Publication Type:
Journal Article
Year of Publication:
2020
Secondary Title:
Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies
ISSN:
22145818
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejrh.2020.100733
Pages:
100733
Volume:
32
Year:
2020
Date:
Jan-12-2020
URL:
https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S221458182030207X

Abstract

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is projected to experience significant impacts from future climate change and these impacts include but are not limited to increases in extreme precipitation, flooding and droughts. This study investigates the potential impacts of climate change and uncertainties on future floods and low flow conditions in the rivers and streams of Massachusetts. Fourteen downscaled GCM projections under two greenhouse gas concentration pathways (RCP4.5 and RCP8.5) are used as inputs into a distributed hydrological model to obtain future streamflow conditions.