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Water resources, climate variability and climate change in Fiji

Terry, James P. (2002) Water resources, climate variability and climate change in Fiji. Asia Pacific Journal on Environment and Development, 9 (1 & 2). pp. 86-120. ISSN 1023-7895

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This paper examines how streamflow and surface water availability on Fiji’s largest island of Viti Levu is vulnerable to climatic extremes associated with the ENSO phenomenon in the South West Pacific. Case studies of tropical cyclone- induced floods and later droughts that were caused by the 1997-98 El Nino event are described to illustrate the type and magnitude of the impacts. Possible increasing climate variability and climate change in the pacific region is considered and projected effects on stream water resources are modelled. Results suggest that both maximum flood size and water scarcity during droughts may increase by 20% by the year 2100. A range of adaptation options to reduce the adverse effects of future floods and droughts are presented.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2002 02:01
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 06:44

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