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Synonyms: eau, água, water, resources of water, recursos hídricos, recursos de água

Climate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass losses from glaciers and reductions in snow cover over recent decades are projected to accelerate throughout the 21st century, reducing water availability, hydropower potential, and changing seasonality of flows in regions supplied by meltwater from major mountain ranges (e.g. Hindu-Kush, Himalaya, Andes), where more than one-sixth of the world population currently lives. {WGI 4.1, 4.5; WGII 3.3, 3.4, 3.5} (IPCC, 2014)

Broader terms:
impacts on systems and sectors

Narrower terms:
water supply, water demand, water quality, adaptation to floods, adaptation to drought, drainage, urban flooding

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