Climate vulnerability and adaptation of water provisioning in developing countries: approaches to disciplinary and research-practice integration

Srinivasan, Veena and Thomas, Bejoy K and Jamwal, Priyanka and Lele, Sharachchandra (2013) Climate vulnerability and adaptation of water provisioning in developing countries: approaches to disciplinary and research-practice integration. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5 (3-4). pp. 378-383. ISSN 1877-3435

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Abstract

Developing countries are faced with the dual challenge of adapting to climate change even as current water needs remain unmet. We review the literature specifically on water provisioning in this context to see what insights can be derived for achieving better integration across disciplinary and research-practice divides. We identify several disconnects in the climate-vulnerability literature: scale mismatches, missing linkages, multiple stressors and concerns, concepts emerging from different intellectual traditions, and inattention to stakeholder priorities. Recent work attempts to overcome some of these challenges. At the conceptual level, the coupled human–environment systems (CHES) framework forces analysts to address scale mismatches and multiple stressors, although given its breadth, applications of CHES still tend to follow disciplinary divides. At the methodological level, participatory/mediated modelling forces attention to stakeholder priorities while historical/comparative methods provide an empirical assessment of long-term adaptation not just short-term reactive strategies. In conclusion, we suggest ways of further integrating the strengths of these approaches in the context of water provisioning in developing countries.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: vulnerability, water, climate change, integrated frameworks
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > G Journal Papers
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Journal Papers
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Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2016 09:57
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 10:51
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/321

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