How Climate Change Will Affect White Water Rafting

Whitewater rafting is an outdoor recreational activity that uses an inflatable raft to traverse a river or any other water body. This is usually undertaken on whitewater or in different degrees of rough waters.

With the emerging effects of Global warming striking agriculture and glaciers in Colorado, it’s anticipated that the Glaciers will be decreased to nothing, affecting the water flow. Whitewater sports are vulnerable to climate variability as they mainly depend on expected river patterns.

Hazardous weather events such as hurricanes, drought, and floods pose a pronounced threat to outdoor tourism globally due to their fast onset and forecasting challenges.

Forest fires are a major concern for the rafting Industry; 2005 and 2008 were ravaging years for Colorado, with more than 4000 fires burning 600 000 hectares of land. This leads to changes in climate. The rising vulnerability of catastrophic events and the depletion of Rockies, coastal, and glaciers that provide water will lead to the rivers drying up.

When the rivers dry up, many rafting companies will have to shut down because their businesses are built around the river. As a result of the possible rise in temperatures and water availability changes, an ample fraction of the existing forested area will experience extensive changes in broad vegetation types, especially in temperate and northern latitudes.

It’s expected that climate change over the next century will push the isotherms northwards 160-500 km or cause an altitude rise of 100-500 meters. This could lead to changes in the increased recurrence of forest fires, tree species, and extended ranges of pathogens and pests in Colorado.