A Dry Oasis: Institutional Adaptation to Climate on the Canadian Plains

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Gregory P. Marchildon
University of Regina Press, 2009 - Science - 318 pages
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Scientists have been issuing increasingly direct warnings about the impact that climate change is having on the planet. These interdisciplinary studies break new ground in terms of our understanding of the climate experience in the Great Plains before and after agriculture was introduced, the current array of institutions surrounding water governance, and the strengths and weaknesses of rural and Aboriginal communities. Four chapters focus on the present attributes of, as well as future scenarios for, the South Saskatchewan River Basin in southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. The final group of chapters present case studies of rural communities, Cabri and Stewart Valley Saskatchewan, and Hanna as well as a First Nation reserve in Alberta, as well as a major conflict over water rights in Alberta. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Plains
1
The Dry Belt and Changing Aridity in the Palliser Triangle 18952000
31
Comparative Water Governance in the Four Western Provinces
45
PART ll TIIE lllll SISKAIBIIEWM IIIVEII BASIN
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Human Activities and Water Use in the South Saskatchewan
124
Constructing Scenarios of Future Climate and Water Supply
152
Adaptive Water
181
Adaptation
235
Adapting to Climate Change
289
Contributors
311
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