More accurate climate change model reveals bleaker outlook on electricity, water use

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Urban infrastructure systems, and in particular water and electricity systems, are highly interconnected, yet infrastructure management and urban planning decisions are currently made without taking the interdependencies into account. Graduate student Renee Obringer (Ecological Sciences & Engineering) led a study that built and tested a new model for predicting interconnected water and electricity use, now, and into the future under various climate change scenarios. Their results project the Midwestern U.S. will be using 19% more electricity and 7% more water during summers by 2055.

Obringer, R., Kumar, R., and R. Nateghi (2020). Managing the water–electricity demand in a changing climate. Climatic Change, 1-20. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-020-02669-7.

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