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Adapting to the effects of climate change on water supply reliability

Arnell, N. W. and Charlton, M. B. (2009) Adapting to the effects of climate change on water supply reliability. In: Adger, W.N., Lorenzoni, I. and O'Brien, K. L. (eds.) Adapting to climate change: thresholds, values, governance. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 42-53. ISBN 9780521764858

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This paper presents preliminary results from an assessment of the barriers to adaptation to water supply shortage in a case study catchment in south east England with multiple supply companies. The investigation applies a conceptual framework, which distinguishes between generic barriers affecting the ability of supply companies to make adaptation decisions, and specific barriers to the implementation of each option. The preliminary analysis suggests that whilst there is a widespread awareness of the challenge of climate change, and a conceptual understanding of the need for adaptation, some of the generic barriers that will affect detailed evaluations and actual adaptation decisions have yet to be approached. The analysis also shows that different individual adaptation options are assessed differently by different stakeholders, and that there are differences in the barriers to adoption between supply-side and demand-side measures. First, however, the paper develops the general conceptual framework for the characterisation of the barriers to adaptation used in the study.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Walker Institute
ID Code:16351
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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