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Climate Change in CaliforniaRisk and Response$
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Fredrich J. Kahrl and David W. Roland-Holst

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271814

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271814.001.0001

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Water

Water

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(p.46) Chapter Three Water
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Climate Change in California
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Fredrich Kahrl

David Roland-Holst

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271814.003.0004

California's economy, society, and institutions have evolved with the politics of water. Similarly, many of the most challenging aspects of climate adaptation will arise from impacts on allocation of the state's water supplies. The ongoing failure to reconcile competing water interests in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is but one ominous precedent in this regard. This chapter discusseshow climate change might affect California's water supplies;it also discussesthe role of public-sector leadership in determining whether less expensive, less capital-intensive adaptation solutions (e.g., water trading) can be deployed before more expensive, more capital-intensive ones (e.g., desalination) become inevitable.

Keywords:   climatechange, California, water, snowpack, conflict, adaptation, economics

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