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Author Hill, Margot.

Title Climate change and water governance : adaptive capacity in Chile and Switzerland / Margot Hill
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2013]
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Series Advances in global change research, 1574-0919 ; v. 54
Advances in global change research ; v. 54
Contents Part 1. Addressing Water Governance Challenges in the Anthropocene -- Addressing Water Governance Challenges in the Anthropocene -- A Starting Point: Understanding Governance, Good Governance and Water Governance -- Adaptive Capacity, Adaptive Governance and Resilience -- The Assessment of Adaptive Capacity -- Applying a Multi-pronged Approach to Assessing Adaptive Capacity -- Part 2. The Cases of Chile & Switzerland -- Introducing the Case Study Areas: Hydro-climatic and Governance Contexts -- Water Governance in the Context of IWRM: Switzerland -- Water Governance in the Context of IWRM: Chile -- Converging Threats: Driving Pressures for Adaptive Capacity -- Part 3. Applying the Assessment -- Governance in the Face of Uncertainty and Change -- Bridges and Barriers to Adaptive Capacity -- Operationalising Adaptive Capacity -- Assessing Adaptive Capacity -- Part 4. Challenges in Developing and Mobilising Adaptive Capacity -- Balancing Structural Conflicts Across Scales to Develop and Mobilise Adaptive Capacity -- Coping with and Communicating Uncertainty -- Addressing the Challenge of Institutional Infrastructure in a Technically Focussed World
Summary Climate Change and Water Governance presents the results of several years' research focusing on adaptive capacity and water governance in two widely-separated regions of the globe, namely the Swiss Alps and the Chilean Andes. The two regions share many similarities in hydrology and water resources: shifting precipitation patterns, highly variable winter snow pack and receding glaciers, resulting in changing seasonality and amounts of runoff that will subtly modify water availability and water use. As climate change is likely to amplify trends in surface run-off, the author investigates whether adaptive capacity in these two regions is sufficiently robust to respond to a situation which has never been experienced to date. The book presents detailed case studies examining the Rhône Basin in the Canton Valais, Switzerland and the Aconcagua Basin in Valparaiso, Chile. In order to understand and assess the interplay of complex and interlinked environmental and socio-economic issues, the author looks beyond the technology, modelling, engineering and infrastructure associated with water resources management and climate change adaptation, to assess the decision-making environment within which water and adaptation policy and practices are devised and executed. Using these insights, the author introduces, tests and enhances an indicator framework for the assessment of adaptive capacity. The aim is to help readers better understand the adaptive processes that allow the regimes governing water resources to respond to new shocks and changes in the hydrological system, in order to build more resilient water governance systems that can bend, but not break, in the face of new and unexpected challenges
Analysis Environmental sciences
Climatic changes
Human Geography
Environment
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Water-supply -- Chile -- Management.
Water-supply -- Switzerland -- Management.
Water resources development -- Environmental aspects.
Water-supply -- Effect of global warming on.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9400757956
9400757964 (electronic bk.)
9789400757950
9789400757967 (electronic bk.)