A Dry Oasis:: Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change on the Canadian Prairies

A Dry Oasis:: Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change on the Canadian Prairies

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A Dry Oasis:: Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change on the Canadian Prairies by GREGORY P. MARCHILDON

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889772175
Publisher: CPRC
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: University of Regina Publications(UR) Series , #24
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Plains Gregory P. Marchildon vii

Part I The Great Plains

2 A Dry Oasis: The Canadian Plains in Late Prehistory James Daschuk 1

3 The Dry Belt and Changing Aridity in the Palliser Triangle, 1895-2000 Gregory P. Marchildon Jeremy Pittman David J. Sauchyn 31

4 Comparative Water Governance in the Four Western Provinces Margot Hurlbert 45

5 A Participatory Mapping Approach to Climate Change in the Canadian Prairies Lorena Patiño David A. Gauthier 79

Part II The South Saskatchewan River Basin

6 The Natural Characteristics of the South Saskatchewan River Basin: Climate, Geography and Hydrology Brenda Toth Darrell R. Corkal David J. Sauchyn Garth van der Kamp Elise Pietroniro 95

7 Human Activities and Water Use in the South Saskatchewan River Basin Joel Bruneau Darrell R. Corkal Elise Pietroniro Brenda Toth Garth van der Kamp 129

8 Constructing Scenarios of Future Climate and Water Supply for the SSRB: Use and Limitations for Vulnerability Assessment Suzan Lapp David J. Sauchyn Brenda Toth 153

9 Government and Civil Society: Adaptive Water Management in the South Saskatchewan River Basin Margot Hurlbert Darrell R. Corkal Harry Diaz 181

Part III Case Studies of Vulnerability

10 The 2001-2002 Drought: Vulnerability and Adaptation in Alberta's Special Areas Johanna Wandel Gwen Young Barry Smit 211

11 The Oldman River Dam Conflict: Adaptation and Institutional Learning Alejandro Rojas Lorenzo Magzul Gregory P. Marchildon Bernardo Reyes 235

12 Community Case Studies of Vulnerability to Climate Change: Cabri and Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan Harry Diaz Suren Kulshreshtha Brett Matlock Elaine Wheaton Virginia Wittrock 261

13 The Blood Tribe: Adapting to Climate Change Lorenzo Magzul 289

Contributors 311

Index 313

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