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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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Tourism and Recreation

Tourism and Recreation

(p.90) Chapter Six Tourism and Recreation
Climate Change in California

Fredrich Kahrl

David Roland-Holst

University of California Press

At lower levels of warming, climate change could have both positive and negative impacts on California's tourism and recreation industry. Some summer activities (e.g., golf) could see benefits, while winter sports (e.g., skiing) could see severe negative impacts. Even within activities (e.g., beachgoing) the impacts could be very uneven, with some beaches gaining traffic and others losing. This inequality of impacts, as well asthe dependence of many communities in California on tourism, raises important questions about what level of resources the state should invest to protect the current tourism industry (e.g., beach nourishment) versus allowing communities and businesses to adapt on their own to changing natural conditions. As the book emphasizes repeatedly, public and private burden sharing will be a critical dimension of adaptation strategies.

Keywords:   climatechange, California, tourism, outdoor recreation, winter sports, beaches, adaptation, economics

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