The world is faced with unprecedented water-related challenges which impact our ability to meet many of the UN sustainable development goals. Climate warming and human actions are altering precipitation patterns, reducing snow levels, accelerating glacier melting, intensifying floods, and increasing risk of droughts, while pollution from
population growth and industrialization is degrading water systems. This poses a grand challenge for how water
science can address sustainable development goals: “How can we best forecast, prepare for and manage water futures in the face of dramatically increasing risks?” See the following resources which attempt to answer this question.