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Climate & Water Science Advisory Panel

Overview

In support of development of a 50-year water plan for New Mexico, the Interstate Stream Commission has tasked the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources with convening a group of 8 water and climate research experts as an Advisory Panel. Their task is to prepare a consensus study report on the current state of knowledge of how climate conditions and water resources may vary across our state during the next 50 years.

Goal

The overarching goal of the Advisory Panel will be to work together to compile, assess, and integrate existing peer-reviewed published research, technical reports and datasets relevant to the broad topic of changes to New Mexico climate over the next 50 years, and resultant impact on water resources. They will also identify the key climate-related factors that may impact diminishing (or increasing) water resources.

Report

The final product of this project will be a report detailing the current state of knowledge on how climate change and water resources may vary in New Mexico over the next 50 years. In addition to synthesizing the state of knowledge on this topic, the report will identify significant data and modeling gaps and uncertainties, and suggest research directions to strengthen our understanding of climate and water resource changes. The team will focus only on summarizing the state of knowledge of projected climate and water resource variation, and will not carry out new research, propose ways to mitigate projected changes, or define potential infrastructure initiatives that could optimize the use of a diminishing resource. The report will be published as a New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin, and will be made freely available in PDF format.


Support Staff

New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources

New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission