Most scientists now believe that increasing emissions of "greenhouse gases", such as carbon dioxide, are causing global warming and climate change.
We are involved in research at both national and regional levels into the possible effects of climate change.
It is likely that winters in the South West will become wetter and summers drier and the overall effect of these changes will be a reduction in annual rainfall. Combined with higher temperatures which lead to increased evaporation from rivers and reservoirs this will have an impact on the amount of water our resources can supply.
We use climate change research findings in our water resources models to see how the balance between supply and demand might change in the future, and to plan to accommodate this change. Water resources schemes take a long time to promote and we are now planning up to the year 2034/35 by which time the effects of climate change are likely to be significant.
Climate change - the wider picture
Given the impact that climate change will have on the world in the future, it is no surprise to find that a number of different organisations are now providing valuable data and information on the changing conditions that we will all have to face which is being used to good effect by a wide range of end-users.