Top Water-related Impacts of Climate Change

12/16/2011 03:03 pm ET | Updated Feb 15, 2012

Many of the most immediate and profound effects of climate change relate to water. The worst impacts could come from rising seas that flood our shores or from rivers overflowing their banks. In some places, the impacts may come not as a torrent of water at all -- but as waves of more frequent and prolonged drought as rains decrease and rivers dry up.

The impacts of climate change on the nation's water resources are already being observed. Here are just a few of the ways climate change is expected to impact water -- and everything on earth that depends on it.

Top Water-related Impacts from Climate Change

NRDC's Ben Chou and Michelle Mehta contributed to this post.