Case for Adaptation



Today’s world faces existential threats to water systems in the form of intensifying floods and droughts, increasing risks to global supply chains, chronic shortages, hidden vulnerabilities in the water-energy-land-food (WELF) nexus, increasing pollution, and degrading aquatic ecosystems. These threats occur in the context of unsustainable use, environmental change, fragmented and weak governance, and a global economy that is heavily water dependent. This book makes that case that business-as-usual water science, management, and decision-making institutions are not up to the task of solving today’s global water problems and planning for an uncertain future. A path forward using ideas from resilience theory, Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU), socio-hydrology, adaptive management, social learning, and public engagement offers a new paradigm for water planning and policy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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