Water and Climate Lecture Series "Science, Politics and Crystal Balls - Building Effective Approaches to Water Adaptation Planning"( More about event)
Dr. Miller will present research showing that while the general characteristics of future changes in the global water cycle are beginning to emerge from climate modeling efforts, the specific regional details of changes in precipitation, flood hazards, water availability, and water quality are far from clear. This leaves water users, resource managers, and policy makers in the uncomfortable position of knowing that future water resource conditions are likely to be very different from those of the past, but not knowing the magnitude, or perhaps even the direction of those changes. To ensure socially and environmentally responsible adaptation, attention will be needed to both objectives and process. She will show how, in particular, it will be important to focus on planning options that are robust to uncertainty; resilient to surprise; and readily adaptable to changing conditions and new information. With respect to process, she suggests there will be a growing need to facilitate the development of institutional environments that can reduce the potential for conflict. This will require providing voice for a wide range of water-related interests while fostering shared understandings of rights, obligations and the likely consequences of alternative policies under a range of possible future conditions.
Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 1
Date/Time: 04/14/10 at 4:30 pm - 04/14/10 at 5:30 pm
Sponsor: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), NOAA, GFDL, Civil & Environmental Engineering