Title

Thinking outside the box: sustainable water for the future

Presenter Information

Sunshine Klewin-Arkell

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Agriculture, resource scarcity, water conservation

Abstract

Anthropogenic climate change coupled with increases in per capita caloric demand will lead to increases in water scarcity. International Panel on Climate Change models suggest periods of water scarcity to increase in both severity and frequency due to lack of precipitation coupled with changes in temperature. Water conservation is crucial at all temporal and geographic scales. However, few data exist measuring institutional effectiveness of water conservation programs. Arguably more problematic, inadequate data exist measuring how much water is actually conserved via a range of conservation techniques. This research evaluates current policies and methods preventing water savings and then looks at two key states with innovative ideas on how to make water conservation a reality.

Poster Number

26

Faculty Mentor(s)

Pease, Michael

Additional Mentoring Department

Geography

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Thinking outside the box: sustainable water for the future

SURC Ballroom C/D

Anthropogenic climate change coupled with increases in per capita caloric demand will lead to increases in water scarcity. International Panel on Climate Change models suggest periods of water scarcity to increase in both severity and frequency due to lack of precipitation coupled with changes in temperature. Water conservation is crucial at all temporal and geographic scales. However, few data exist measuring institutional effectiveness of water conservation programs. Arguably more problematic, inadequate data exist measuring how much water is actually conserved via a range of conservation techniques. This research evaluates current policies and methods preventing water savings and then looks at two key states with innovative ideas on how to make water conservation a reality.