How are water security and adaptive capacity measured? UA researchers produce special issue of "Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability"

12/09/16 09:14:am

Robert Varady

Back in 2014, a team of UA researchers organized a workshop titled “Metrics and Measurement of Adaptation: Advances in Water Research in the Arid Americas,” held at the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy – all under the auspices of the AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security.

Two years later, a deliverable of this workshop includes a set of 14 articles that comprise a special issue in the high-impact journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. The special issue was edited by Gregg Garfin (Deputy Director for Science Translation and Outreach at the Institute of the Environment and an Associate Professor at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and a Udall Center affiliated faculty), Margaret Wilder (Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Center for Latin American Studies, and a Udall Center affiliated faculty), and Robert Merideth (Senior Research Associate at the Udall Center and with the López-Hoffman Lab).

Water security and adaptive capacity of water management institutions are considered key to improving water resources use and management worldwide, yet these concepts are difficult to measure and compare across different contexts. The special issue examines progress in developing and applying metrics. Researchers, practitioners, and other readers can find the current state of knowledge of what it entails to measure water security and adaptive capacity in a range of case studies from around the world.

The articles are:

The workshop was the capstone of a NOAA-funded called “Managing Demand and Rethinking Supply,” for which Margaret Wilder was the Principal Investigator, and Gregg Garfin and Robert Varady were co-Principal Investigators. The workshop and special issue were supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, and Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Water Security Network, Climate Assessment for the Southwest of the UA Institute of the Environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) consortium led by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

To read more about this special issue go to the blog posted in the AQUASEC website.

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