Climate change is expected to have widespread effects on the water cycle in Indiana, with consequences across the state’s economy. A new paper focuses on observed changes to Indiana’s water resources and how the availability and quality of those resources are likely to change in the future. Generally, Indiana is becoming wetter but with the projected increase coming primarily in the winter and spring. Summer water use will increase the likelihood of water shortages and the need for improved water management. In particular, Indiana may benefit from investment in methods to increase short-term storage of water—retaining more of the overabundance from winter and spring to relieve summer shortages.
Keith A. Cherkauer, K.A., L.C. Bowling, K. Byun et al. (2021) Climate change impacts and strategies for adaptation for water resource management in Indiana. Climatic Change, 165:21.