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Effect of Climate Change on Flooding in King County Rivers

Climate projections indicate an increase in flooding in many Pacific Northwest watersheds over the course of the 21stcentury, in response to an increasing proportion of mountain precipitation falling as rain instead of snow. Global climate models also project an increase in the intensity in the type of heavy rain events that cause most river-scale flood events. In this study, the Climate Impacts Group used new projections to model changes in future streamflow and evaluate potential changes in peak flows on rivers across King County, Washington.

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