Risk management methods in water resources in the
United States and elsewhere have been applied within the
context of highly developed sets of planning criteria. In
considering these methods, many of which are listed here,
it is helpful to distinguish between the use of these
techniques to assess risk and to manage risk. While the
use of risk assessment and management methods for
water resources planning varies widely among agencies,
the robustness and resiliency of existing methods for risk
management in water planning have the potential to serve
effectively as the basis for adapting to changes in the
supply and demand for water resulting from climate
change. There are, however, substantial research,
application, and technology transfer issues to be