SNAPP TEAM:Water Flow Impact
How can short and long term source water protection programs alleviate the risks posed by both water shortages and excess water?

Floods and droughts are expected to increase with continued shifts in climate. Maintaining reliable freshwater flows is essential for human health and well-being, sustainable economic development, and ecological integrity. This entails a minimum amount of water in rivers and streams during dry seasons, and high flows that are within natural ranges of variation during wet seasons. To effectively implement the right actions in the right places, managers and planners need to understand how and where different source water protection actions can contribute to reliable freshwater flows.


OUR APPROACH: To address this issue, hydrology and adaptation experts are examining the science, then working with stakeholder group representatives to interpret its meaning through the lens of those groups (downstream utilities and municipal managers, humanitarian groups working with upstream communities, and aquatic ecologists).

This project is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF7100 to The Nature Conservancy to support the work of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP).

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenges: Food and Freshwater, Climate Resilience
  • Synthesize the best available science on how land use and vegetation change impacts baseflows, flooding, and groundwater recharge, to assess levels of confidence around relationships in different contexts and identify information gaps.
  • Summarize, in language accessible to key audiences, what the scientific evidence says about the potential for different source water activities to generate meaningful impacts related to baseflows, flooding, and groundwater recharge to inform the design of realistic and effective source water protection programs.
  • Produce ‘principles and guidance’ documentation to help water funds and other source water protection programs evaluate the potential for land-based adaptation to hydrologically-mediated impacts from land use change and climate change.
  • Develop and populate a searchable online portal of key peer-review papers, gray literature, and associated data to streamline the process of finding and accessing specific, relevant information.
Robin Abell
Conservation International
Kari Vigerstol
The Nature Conservancy
Adrian Vogl
Stanford University
Maija Bertule
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- DHI
Kate Brauman
University of Minnesota
Wouter Buytaert
Imperial College
Jan Cassin
Katharine Cross
International Water Association
Bert de Bievre
Fondo para la protección del Agua (FONAG)
Daniela Giardina
Tom Gleeson
University of Victoria
Ted Grantham
University of California, Berkeley
Paul Hicks
Catholic Relief Services
Kris Johnson
The Nature Conservancy
John Matthews
Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
Neil McIntyre
University of Queensland
Jeanne Nel
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Bernardete Neves
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
Suzanne Ozment
World Resources Institute
Louise Stafford
The Nature Conservancy
Robert Stallard
U.S. Geological Survey
Albert van Dijk
Australia National University
Rob Wilby
Loughborough University
David Wilk
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
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