Climate Change Adaptation In The Water Sector

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-30
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Today's climate variability already has a large impact on water supply and protection. Millions of people are affected every year by droughts and floods. Future climate change is likely to make things worse. Many people within the water sector are aware that climate change is expected to have serious consequences for water resource management, but they are unsure how to incorporate climate information into their management structures.Currently no book is available for students and practitioners in the water sector on how to adapt to climate change and variability. So the main purpose of Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector is to offer a compendium of specific adaptation strategies for students, water managers and decision makers. After reading this book, water professionals and advanced students should feel much more comfortable in using climate data in decision support and/or managing water resources. They will know what kind of data or information on climate change and variability is available and how they can be used within the water sector.The book consists of two parts: the first part describes the general issues and is written mainly by the editors of the book and the second part contains specific case studies. These are drawn from a wide range of contrasting countries, including Australia, Thailand, the Netherlands, Germany, Philippines, South Africa, and Yemen.

Author Biography

Fulco Ludwig is a member of the Climate Change group of Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. Pavel Kabat is Full Professor and Chair Holder of the Earth System Science and Climate Change Group at Wageningen UR; Science Director of the Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC), The Netherlands; and Science Director of the Dutch National Research Programme on Climate Change and Spatial Planning. Henk van Schaik is the Programme Co-ordinator of CPEC. Michael van der Valk is a hydrologist and Communication and Information Coordinator for CPWC.

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables, boxes and platesp. vii
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
List of acronyms and abbreviationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Climate Change and Water
The Art of Predicting Climate Variability and Changep. 9
Climate Change Scenarios at the Global and Local Scalesp. 23
The Impacts of Climate Change on Waterp. 35
Managing Water under Current Climate Variabilityp. 51
Using Seasonal Climate Forecasts for Water Managementp. 79
Adapting to Climate Change in the Water Sectorp. 87
Climate-proofingp. 109
Case Studies
Adaptation to Climate Change and Social Justice: Challenges for Flood and Disaster Management in Thailandp. 125
Water and Spatial Planning in The Netherlands: Living with Water in the Context of Climate Changep. 143
Climate Change and Alluvial Aquifers in Arid Regions: Examples from Yemenp. 159
A Water Utility's Approach to Addressing the Potential Impacts of Climate Changep. 177
Adaptation Measures for Metropolitan Water Supply for Perth, Western Australiap. 187
Benefits and Costs of Measures for Coping with Water and Climate Change: Berg River Basin, South Africap. 205
Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change: Current Status and Future Strategies in the Elbe Basin, Germanyp. 227
The Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasts within a Shared Reservior System: The Case of Angat Reservoir, the Philippinesp. 249
Indexp. 265
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