Climate and Water: Transboundary Challenges in the Americas

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Henry F. Diaz, B.J. Morehouse
Springer Netherlands, Aug 31, 2003 - Science - 402 pages
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Climate and Water: Transboundary Challenges in the Americas explores some of the ways that climate, hydrology, and water resource management converge at the borders between jurisdictions and countries in the western Hemisphere. This book is unique in focusing on case studies of climate-hydrology-water resource management in diverse contexts in South, Central, and North America. This book is singular in highlighting important problems arising from the very existence of boundaries drawn and defined by society. Addressing such problems takes on increasing urgency as the world becomes ever more inter connected and interdependent.

Target groups for this book include water resource managers and decision makers at levels from the international to the local; scientists involved in interdisciplinary studies of basic and applied climatology, hydrology, and environmental studies; and readers specializing in institutional analyses, including transboundary water law, policy analysis, and risk assessment. This book is also a useful text for college classes addressing natural resources management in general, and the transfer of scientific knowledge to society.

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About the author (2003)

Dr Henry F. Diaz is a Research Meteorologist in the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has worked on a variety of climate issues at NOAA over the last 15 years, particularly the impact of climatic variation on water resources of the western United States. He is recognized as an expert on the El Ni o Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon and coedited El Ni o: Historical and Paleoclimatic Aspects of the Southern Oscillation, also published by Cambridge University Press (1992).

Barbara Morehouse has a long-standing interest in natural resource management and in the interplay of ideas and personalities that underpin the ways we understand and use those resources. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Arizona and has taught both there and at the University of Minnesota--Duluth.