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Climate Change in the Mediterranean
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Climate Change in the Mediterranean

Socio-economic Perspectives of Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation

9781843761549 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Carlo Giupponi, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Director, Venice Centre for Climate Studies, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Italy and Mordechai Shechter, Professor of Economics and Director, Natural Resource and Environmental Research Center, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Publication Date: 2003 ISBN: 978 1 84376 154 9 Extent: 352 pp
The book begins with a broad global overview of the probable economic and social consequences of climate change. The authors then focus on the issue of water resources and assess a range of potential problems such as increasing droughts, adequate irrigation, reduced water quality and population migration due to severe shortages. They move on to examine issues surrounding land use including desertification, degradation, agriculture and waste management. Finally, they investigate the coastal zones of the Mediterranean which are economically vulnerable to variations in climate due to their reliance on tourism. The book integrates methodological and empirical issues, provides interdisciplinary analyses of the effects of climate change and explores policy implications for the future.

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Recent scientific research on the Mediterranean indicates that climate change will exacerbate many of the area’s existing problems, including desertification, water scarcity and limits to food production. Changes in weather patterns and average temperatures are also likely to introduce new threats to human health and natural ecosystems. The authors in this significant new book identify the possible impacts and scenarios, and then define practical strategies for adapting to, and mitigating, the effects of climate change from an integrated socio-economic perspective.

The book begins with a broad global overview of the probable economic and social consequences of climate change. The authors then focus on the issue of water resources and assess a range of potential problems such as increasing droughts, adequate irrigation, reduced water quality and population migration due to severe shortages. They move on to examine issues surrounding land use including desertification, degradation, agriculture and waste management. Finally, they investigate the coastal zones of the Mediterranean which are economically vulnerable to variations in climate due to their reliance on tourism. The book integrates methodological and empirical issues, provides interdisciplinary analyses of the effects of climate change and explores policy implications for the future.

The informative and stimulating research found in this volume constitutes a first step towards a better understanding of climate change in the Mediterranean. It will be essential reading for researchers of environmental and resource economics, and policymakers in the Mediterranean region and in other coastal areas around the world.
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Contributors: Y. Avnimelech, O. Ayalon, G. Begni, E. Bou-Zeid, C. Carraro, A.G. Colmenero, M. El-Fadel, G. Engelen, S. Fankhauser, D.G. Georgas, C. Giupponi, A. Iglesias, M.R. Khawlie, R.J.T. Klein, O.J. Kuik, W. Lise, E.I. Martínez, M. Menendez, A. Perry, A.G. Ramos, S. Reese, P. Rosato, C. Rosenzweig, M. Shechter, J.B. Smith, H. Sterr, R.S.J. Tol, M.N. Ward, N. Yehoshua
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Preface
Carlo Carraro

Foreword: Bridging physical and socio-economic research in the Mediterranean basin
Gérard Begni

PART I INTRODUCTION
Introduction
C. Giupponi and M. Shechter

PART II THE ISSUES: SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS, VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION
1. Recent economic insights into the impacts of climate change
R.S.J. Tol, S. Fankhauser, O.J. Kuik and J.B. Smith

2. Adaptation to climate variability and change: what is optimal and appropriate?
R.J.T. Klein

PART III CLIMATE CHANGE AND MEDITERRANEAN WATER RESOURCES
3. Climate change and water resources in the Middle East: vulnerability, socio-economic impacts and adaptation
M. El-Fadel and E. Bou-Zeid

4. Water availability for agriculture under climate change: understanding adaptation strategies in the Mediterranean
A. Iglesias, M.N. Ward, M. Menendez and C. Rosenzweig

5. The impacts of climate change on water resources of Lebanon – Eastern Mediterranean
M.R. Khawlie

6. Economic impacts of hydrological droughts under climate change scenarios
E. Iglesias Martínez, A. Gómez Ramos and A. Garrido Colmenero

PART IV CLIMATE CHANGE AND MEDITERRANEAN LAND USES
7. What future for Mediterranean agriculture? A proposal to integrate socio-economics in climate change scenarios
P. Rosato and C. Giupponi

8. Development of a Decision Support System for the integrated assessment of policies related to desertification and land degradation in the Mediterranean
G. Engelen

9. Climate change and agriculture: an Israeli perspective
N. Yehoshuar and M. Shechter

10. Assessing the ancillary socio-economic benefits of mitigating greenhouse gases from municipal solid waste management
O. Ayalon, M. Shechter and Y. Avnimelech

PART V CLIMATE CHANGE AND MEDITERRANEAN COASTAL AREAS
11. Assessing the impacts of climatic change in the Mediterranean coastal zones
D.G. Georgas

12. Climate change and coastal zones: an overview of the state-of-the-art on regional and local vulnerability assessment
H. Sterr, R.J.T. Klein and S. Reese

13. Impacts of climate change on tourism in the Mediterranean: adaptive responses
A. Perry

14. Sensitivity of tourist destination choice to climate
W. Lise and R.S.J. Tol

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