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Water Policy and Planning

in a Variable and Changing Climate

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

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482227970
eBook ISBN: 9781482227987
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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.

Table of contents

Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Natural Variability, Anthropogenic Climate Change, and Impacts on Water Availability and Flood Extremes in the Western United States Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Key Legal Issues in Western Water Management and Climate Adaptation Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The West’s Water—Multiple Uses, Conflicting Values, Interconnected Fates Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Protection and Restoration of Freshwater Ecosystems Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Climate Variability and Adaptive Capacities of Intergovernmental Arrangements: Encouraging Problem Solving and Managing Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Support for Drought Response and Community Preparedness Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Providing Climate Science to Real-World Policy Decisions Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Using the Past to Plan for the Future—The Value of Paleoclimate Reconstructions for Water Resource Planning Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Columbia River Treaty and the Dynamics of Transboundary Water Negotiations in a Changing Environment: How Might Climate Change Alter the Game? Download PDF
Chapter  11:  California, a State of Extremes Download PDF
Chapter  12:  California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta Download PDF
Chapter  13:  California’s Climate Change Response Strategy Download PDF
Chapter  14:  California’s Irrigated Agriculture and Innovations in Adapting to Water Scarcity Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Responses of Southern California’s Urban Water Sector to Changing Stresses and Increased Uncertainty: Innovative Approaches Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Climate Change and Allocation Institutions in the Colorado River Basin Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Using Large-Scale Flow Experiments to Rehabilitate Colorado River Ecosystem Function in Grand Canyon: Basis for an Adaptive Climate-Resilient Strategy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Integration of Surface Water and Groundwater Rights Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Floods as Unnatural Disasters Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Adaptive Management and Governance Lessons from a Semiarid River Basin Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Drought as an Opportunity for Legal and Institutional Change in Texas Download PDF
prelims Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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