Long-term changes in river system hydrology in Texas Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract. Climate change and human actives are recognized as a topical issue that change long-term water budget, flow-frequency, and storage-frequency characteristics of different river systems. Texas is characterized by extreme hydrologic variability both spatially and temporally. Meanwhile, population and economic growth and accompanying water resources development projects have greatly impacted river flows throughout Texas. The relative effects of climate change, water resources development, water use, and other factors on long-term changes in river flow, reservoir storage, evaporation, water use, and other components of the water budgets of different river basins of Texas have been simulated in this research using the monthly version of the Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) modelling system with input databases sets from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The results show that long-term changes are minimal from analysis monthly precipitation depths. Evaporation rates vary greatly seasonally and for much of the state appear to have a gradually upward trend. River/reservoir system water budgets and river flow characteristics have changed significantly during the past 75years in response to water resources development and use.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Y., & Wurbs, R.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Yiwen||Wurbs, Ralph

publication date

  • January 2018