Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on water supplies and water quality. In some areas the seasonal timing of water flow is shifting, which will affect the availability of water for agriculture. Changes in quantity, timing and intensity of precipitation may result in more floods and droughts, as well as greater uncertainty about supply.
Sea level rise will result in saltwater intrusion into coastal fresh water aquifers, potentially reducing water resource availability. At the same time the world population is increasing and putting more pressure on water resources, which in areas of scarcity may result in transboundary conflicts.
This special issue is devoted to questions such as:
- How do we manage water supplies in the face of increased variability?
- Are different institutional arrangements required?
- Is it possible to change demand and the way we use water?
- How might we use and allocate water resources more efficiently?
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Altering infrastructure or institutional arrangements
- Changing demand for water
- Strategies for managing risk in supply
- Improving water use efficiency
- Planning for alternative water sources
- Changing water allocations between users
- Protecting coastal freshwater resources from saltwater intrusion
- Modelling the policy implications of reduced water supply
- Water markets
- Transboundary water issues
Deadline for submission: 31 July, 2011