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Regional Climate Change and Variability

Impacts and Responses Edited by Matthias Ruth, Northeastern University, US, Kieran Donaghy, Cornell University, US and Paul Kirshen, Director of Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Research and Graduate Education Program and Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, US
In its development of methodologies and their applications to individual regions, this book presents a rich set of insights and a set of guides for investment and policymaking. Each of the six studies focuses on a finer geographic scale than is customary in integrated assessment research. They introduce innovations for impact analysis and contribute to the knowledge of localized experiences of climate change – how it affects a variety of sectors, how different stakeholders perceive its implications and adapt to it, and how decision support systems can promote dialogues between researchers, stakeholders and policymakers.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: £85.00 Web: £76.50
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 599 9
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Integrated assessments of the impacts of, and adaptation to, climate change and variability at urban and regional scales are presented in this comprehensive volume. Six thematically distinct yet methodologically related projects illustrate ‘horizontal’ integration, which focuses on impacts and responses across different sectors, and ‘vertical’ integration, which traces changes from the climate system through to the economy and society. Areas of application include water resource allocation, wildfire management, agriculture, public health and urban infrastructure in the United States.

In its development of methodologies and their applications to individual regions, this book presents a rich set of insights and a set of guides for investment and policymaking. Each of the six studies focuses on a finer geographic scale than is customary in integrated assessment research. They introduce innovations for impact analysis and contribute to the knowledge of localized experiences of climate change – how it affects a variety of sectors, how different stakeholders perceive its implications and adapt to it, and how decision support systems can promote dialogues between researchers, stakeholders and policymakers.

The contributors’ conclusions will be of great interest to urban and regional planners, environmental scientists and engineers, physical and human geographers, ecologists, environmental and natural resource economists, public administrators, public service providers and utility managers, among others.
‘. . . a welcome addition to both the climate change and regional science literature. . .a resource for researchers in the field who are working to bridge the gap between climate research and the needs of local and regional decision makers who will design adaptive strategies in response to climate change. . . having some of the best regional climate impacts work in one place is reason enough to have this book on the shelf.’
– James Neumann, Journal of Regional Science
Contributors: W. Anderson, J. Antle, L. Brekke, S. Capalbo, G. Christopherson, K. Civerolo, M. Crimmins, K. Donaghy, J. Dracup, J.W. Eheart, R. Goldberg, E. Herricks, H. Hidalgo, C. Hogrefe, J. Keyantash, P. Kinney, P. Kirshen, K. Knowlton, J.-Y. Ku, B. Lynn, N. Miller, B. Morehouse, C. Oliveri, B. Orland, B. Orr, J. Overpeck, K. Paustian, N. Quinn, J. Rosenthal, C. Rosenzweig, M. Ruth, J. Scheraga, C. Small, W. Solecki, T. Swetnam, S. Yool
Contents:

Foreword by Joel Scheraga

1. Introduction
M. Ruth, K. Donaghy and P. Kirshen

2. Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Allocation, Water Quality and Salmon Production in the San Joaquin River Basin
H. Hidalgo, L. Brekke, N. Miller, N. Quinn, J. Keyantash and J. Dracup

3. Modeling Interactions Among Wildland Fire, Climate and Society in the Context of Climatic Variability and Change in the US Southwest
B. Morehouse, G. Christopherson, M. Crimmins, B. Orr, J. Overpeck, T. Swetnam and S. Yool

4. An Integrated Assessment of Impacts of Predicted Climate Change on the Mackinaw River Basin
K. Donaghy, J. Eheart, E. Herricks and B. Orland

5. Ecological and Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Agricultural Systems: An Integrated Assessment Approach
J. Antle, S. Capalbo and K. Paustian

6. Assessing Potential Public Health Implications of Changing Climate and Land Uses: The New York Climate and Health Project
P. Kinney, J. Rosenthal, C. Rosenzweig, C. Hogrefe, W. Solecki, K. Knowlton, C. Small, B. Lynn, K. Civerolo, J. Ku, R. Goldberg and C. Oliveri

7. Climate’s Long-term Impacts on Urban Infrastructures and Services: The Case of Metro Boston
P. Kirshen, M. Ruth and W. Anderson

8. Conclusion: Assessing Impacts and Responses
P. Kirshen, K. Donaghy and M. Ruth

Index