Projections on future trends in water resources in Kiribati are not conclusive. Most models agree that extreme hydrological events will grow in intensity and as such Kiribati should develop its capacity to endure droughts, storms, and intense rainfall. Droughts in particular will place strain on groundwater resources and terrestrial ecosystems. Kiribati’s ecology, including nesting bird species, has already shown to be highly sensitive to heavy rainfall events, droughts and saline intrusion. These same events also present risks to human health, notably increasing the risks of bacterial and pollutant contamination and, through its impact on subsistence agriculture, on food security.
This section allows you to gain insights into climate change impacts on hydrological statistics based on climate future scenarios.