Water Policy and Planning in a Variable and Changing Climate

Kathleen A. Miller, Alan F. Hamlet, Douglas S. Kenney, Kelly T. Redmond

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June 8, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 434 Pages - 20 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482227987 - CAT# KE25551
Series: Drought and Water Crises

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Features

    • Explains the potential impacts of climate change on water availability, water quality, and water-related hazards
    • Identifies the relevance of climate variability and climate change to better understand the effectiveness of alternative water policy options
    • Includes important case studies related to actual policy problems and case study analyses which provide insights on issues that water managers and policy makers will encounter very soon
    • Provides subject material written by highly regarded experts who offer useful guidance for professionals confronting similar issues

    Summary

    Water Policy and Planning in a Variable and Changing Climate addresses the current challenges facing western water planners and policy makers in the United States and considers strategies for managing water resources and related risks in the future. Written by highly-regarded experts in the industry, the book offers a wealth of experience, and explains the physical, socioeconomic, and institutional context for western water resource management. The authors discuss the complexities of water policy, describe the framework for water policy and planning, and identify many of the issues surrounding the subject.

    A provocative examination of policy issues surrounding western water resources, this book:

    • Considers the implications of natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change for the region’s water resources, and explains limitations on the predictability of local-scale changes
    • Stresses linkages between climate patterns and weather events, and related hydrologic impacts
    • Describes the environmental consequences of historical water system development and the challenges that climate change poses for protection of aquatic ecosystems
    • Examines coordination of drought management by local, state and national government agencies
    • Includes insights on planning for climate change adaptation from case studies across the western United States
    • Discusses the challenges and opportunities in water/energy/land system management, and its prospects for developing climate change response strategies
    • Presents evidence of changes in water scarcity and flooding potential in the region and identifies a set of adaptation strategies to support the long-term sustainability of irrigated agriculture and urban communities
    • Draws upon Colorado’s experience in defining rights for surface and tributary groundwater use to explain potential conflicts and challenges in establishing fair and effective coordination of water rights for these resources
    • Assesses the role of policy in driving flood losses
    • Explores policy approaches for achieving equitable and environmentally responsible planning outcomes despite multiple sources of uncertainty

    Water Policy and Planning in a Variable and Changing Climate describes patterns of water availability, existing policy problems and the potential impacts of climate change in the western United States, and functions as a practical reference for the student or professional invested in water policy and management.