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Transformational Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Water Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin

Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Event Time: 
4:30pm
Event Type: 
Community Event
Talk
Location: 
ENR2
Room: 
Room S107
Speaker(s): 
Dave White, Arizona State University

Drawing from use-inspired sustainability science and decision making under uncertainty, this talk will address the overarching question: Given environmental and societal uncertainties, how can cities dependent on the Colorado River Basin develop transformational solutions to implement water sustainability transitions? One main concern about environmental uncertainties for cities in the Colorado River Basin is the anticipated impact on water resources. Possible impacts, such as rising temperatures, changes in theĀ amount and timing of precipitation, and increased variability, likely will reduce renewable surface and groundwater supplies and diminish water quality leading to widespread, but uneven risks. Managing transitions toward urban water sustainability will require innovative approaches to water governance that are anticipatory, adaptable, just, and evidence-supported.