Water and Society: Advances in Decision Support for Climate Adaptation in Environmental Systems

Session ID#: 26807

Session Description:
Environmental and water resources systems face increasing stresses from extreme events, exacerbated by climate change and characterized by uncertainty on long planning horizons. Moreover, increasing demands for water supply and stricter standards for drinking water quality and environmental protection motivate the need for improved decision support. Challenges for traditional planning methods include: simulations must capture feedbacks between climate, human decisions, and environmental impacts to earn managers’ trust; systems may lack observed data for calibration; and policies must navigate a range of scenarios while balancing tradeoffs among conflicting objectives. We solicit: (1) improved methodology for climate adaptation, including both water supply and quality considerations; (2) advances in decision support in data-scarce contexts, including statistical and machine learning techniques; (3) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis in models of coupled systems; (4) adaptive policy design to cope with irreducible climate uncertainties; and (5) impacts of nonstationary extreme events on energy, agricultural, and ecological systems.
Primary Convener:  Joseph R Kasprzyk, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Convener:  Jonathan D Herman, University of California Davis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Davis, CA, United States

  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • PA - Public Affairs
Index Terms:

1817 Extreme events [HYDROLOGY]
1834 Human impacts [HYDROLOGY]
1884 Water supply [HYDROLOGY]
1918 Decision analysis [INFORMATICS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Sebastian Vicuna, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Escuela de Ingenieria, Santiago, Chile, Oscar Melo, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, Julien J. Harou, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, Gregory W Characklis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, United States and Inigo Ricalde, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Santiago, Chile
Jonathan Richard Lamontagne, Tufts University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Medford, MA, United States and Patrick M Reed, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States
Bethany Robinson and Jonathan D Herman, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, United States
Jordan R Fischbach, RAND Corporation Santa Monica, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, Robert J Lempert, RAND, Santa Monica, CA, United States and Edmundo Molina-Perez, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Monterrey, Mexico
Amy N Piscopo, Environmental Protection Agency Narragansett, Environmental Engineer, Narragansett, RI, United States and Naomi E Detenbeck, Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Lab, Narragansett, RI, United States
E. K. Teo, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, Sarah Beganskas, University of California Santa Cruz, Earth and Planetary Sciences Deparment, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, Kyle Stoddard Young, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, United States, Walker Blackburn Weir, University of California, Santa Cruz, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, Ryan Ellis Harmon, Nagano, Japan, Sacha Lozano, Resource Conservation District - Santa Cruz County, Capitola, CA, United States and Andrew T Fisher, UC Santa Cruz, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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