Future Water Security under a Changing Climate
It is important to quantify the resource implications arising from climate change in Ireland and Wales and its knock-on effects on water availability, energy consumption and the economy. The work will feed into the energy efficiency and auditing work, providing future scenarios of water supply and demand, allowing for policy and water management suggestions for climate change adaption in the sector to be made, for the short, medium, and long term.
Using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool model, the impacts of climate change on future water availability and quality will be assessed to 2080, along with implications of energy use in the sector.
Using historic relationships between weather factors and overall water demand, this work will assess the potential future impact of changes in overall climate, as well as frequency and duration/intensity of extreme weather events, on overall water demand.