PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2008, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (3): 60-67.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2008.03.009

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Progr ess in Study of Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology and Water Resour ces

ZHANG Liping, CHEN Xiaofeng, ZHAO Zhipeng, HU Zhifang   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072
  • Received:2007-12-01 Revised:2008-04-01 Online:2008-05-25 Published:2008-05-25


Climate change has become one of the most significant environmental problems of the world in the 21st century, and it attracts more and more attention of international communities and governments. It has theoretical and realistic meanings to study the climate change's impacts on hydrology and water resources, so as to understand and solve some problems in hydrology and water resources, such as plan management, operation management, environmental protection, ecological balance and so on. And hydrology and water resource system has close relationship with industry, agriculture, city development and economic fields. This paper reviews the study of impacts of climate change on hydrology and water resources at home and abroad, and then summarizes some study methods of analyzing the impacts of climate change on hydrology and water resources, such as generation technology for climate change scenario, interface technology with hydrologic models, and hydrologic simulation. At last, it raises problems in study and puts forward some suggestions, including improving the precision of climate models and hydrologic models and searching for forecast methods that can be applied to basins of different scales.

Key words: climate change, climate change scenario, hydrologic model interface technology, hydrologic simulation, hydrology and water resources