Water Security: Multidisciplinary Responses to a Global Challenge

Friday, February 17, 2012: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 217-218 (VCC West Building)
This session explores the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food security. It identifies key threats to water security and debates appropriate responses. Speakers will explore how to assess trade-offs and how they might be mitigated or resolved. Speakers have expertise in hydrology, climate-change science, engineering, geography, resource management, and environmental policy. Experiences with multidisciplinary collaborative initiatives will be described to explore the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of integrating different conceptual approaches (e.g., linking modeling and qualitative assessments of decision-making by water managers to develop applied water security assessment frameworks). Speakers will also be encouraged to emphasize aspects of their research that have included a solutions-oriented approach (e.g., impacts on policy or water management outcomes). These data will include research based in arid zones, in both urban and rural areas, at multiple scales from the sub-watershed to the global, and in both North American and international contexts. Throughout, the barriers and opportunities for mobilizing information resources in collaborative research networks will be explored, with emphasis on the need for collaboration between physical and social scientists, particularly with respect to water governance.
Karen Bakker, University of British Columbia
Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan
and Dennis Lettenmaier, University of Washington
Diana Allen, Simon Fraser University
Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan
Integrating Science and Social Science Dimensions of Water Security
Patricia Gober, Arizona State University
Decision-Making for Water Security: Negotiating Competing Uses
Gordon Young, International Association of Hydrological Sciences
The Role of the United Nations in Addressing the Challenges of Water Security
Dennis Lettenmaier, University of Washington
Water Security in the Context of Climate Change
Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security
Water Security and International Security
Karen Bakker, University of British Columbia
Water Security: Competing Perspectives, Multidisciplinary Challenges
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