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Water Security or Water Resilience? Climate Resilient Water Management in Wellington New Zealand

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dc.contributor.advisor Chapman, Ralph
dc.contributor.advisor Reisinger, Andy Taptiklis, Nigel 2011-11-27T22:11:05Z 2011-11-27T22:11:05Z 2011 2011
dc.description.abstract A confluence of factors including population growth, climate change, resource constraints and legacy effects poses significant challenges to the sustainability of cities worldwide. With the deep complexity inherent in socio-ecological systems, 'solutions' sometimes shift the problem in space or time or drive the system in the opposite direction than intended. A case study into climate change adaptation and community resilience in the context of urban water management was undertaken in Wellington, New Zealand, using a 'post normal' science approach. Climate change and water demand scenarios for 2040 and 2090 were analysed using Greater Wellington Water’s 'sustainable yield' model and downscaled general circulation climate model data. Semi-structured interviews and a systems modelling workshop were conducted in order to gain an understanding of the local context for adaptation, resilience and response option selection. With a 20% reduction of aggregate per capita demand and greater storage capacity, Wellington has sufficient water from current sources to smooth increased flow variability due to climate change and to meet increased demand from the projected increase in population. Adaptation pathways and the potential for 'maladaptation' is explored and an integrated framework for optimising urban water resilience developed. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Climate change en_NZ
dc.subject Adaptation en_NZ
dc.subject Water en_NZ
dc.title Water Security or Water Resilience? Climate Resilient Water Management in Wellington New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 300803 Natural Resources Management en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Environmental Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Environmental Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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