Climate change usually affects water supply and demand depending on geographic location and climatic conditions. A researcher from UTM Faculty of Civil Engineering has conducted a study to understand the possible impacts of climate change on water demands and to identify possible water management strategies that can deal with uncertainty in managing water resources in the context of climate change.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shamsuddin Shahid in his publication, entitled ‘Adaptation to climate change impacts on water demand’ climate change is inevitable, and the sustainable management of water resources is essential in order to adapt to changing scenarios.

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In this study, Dr. Shamsuddin suggests that combination of water demand and water supply management strategies is most important, with an aim of creating a system that is more able to adapt to changing states of water balance, due not only to climate change but also to rapid growths in populations and economies.

The study was published at  Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (January 2016, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 81-99).