Articles | Volume 371
Proc. IAHS, 371, 23–28, 2015
Proc. IAHS, 371, 23–28, 2015

  12 Jun 2015

12 Jun 2015

Scientific and practical tools for dealing with water resource estimations for the future

D. A. Hughes

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Flow regimes of rivers will be different in the future, but how different is uncertain. Water resources decisions will rely on practical simulation tools that are sensitive to changes, can assimilate change information and flexible enough to accommodate new understanding. This paper presents some tools that can address these issues in southern Africa. Appropriate tools are available but we need more reliable forcing and model validation data and methods for making decisions with uncertain data.