Proper water resource management and protection is a key challenge facing much of the world. Climate change will continue to threaten this valuable resource through changing climatic systems. Since climate is a driver of the hydrological cycle, climate change will continue to affect both the supply and demand for water. For example the increased incidence of prolonged drought will result in critical water shortages in large Asian cities.
The use of water for energy conversion and water extraction processes also have the potential to contribute to climate change. ANU researchers are working to establish a new conceptual framework capable of supporting integrative policy making that will address sustainable water management needs in Australia and internationally.