"A forward-looking compilation of original work providing a timely review of how and why the science of climate research can be more effectively integrated into the policy and practice of water resource management. . . . certainly relevant to other global regions. . . . Lewis succeeds by providing readers with a unique and up-to-date examination of a germane topic from the perspective of scientists, professionals, and academics at the top of their respective fields. I strongly recommend this book."
—Journal of the American Water Resources Association
"Lewis has not only highlighted the progress and perils in linking climate to water resources in the West, but has indirectly given other regions advanced notice of issues that we, too, will face."
—Journal of Regional Science
"The mitigation of climate effects—through better predictions, better supervision, and reformed legal and management systems for allocating water—are explored thoroughly."
—Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
—A. Dan Tarlock, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Water and Climate in the Western United States highlights the opportunity for and necessity of change in management of water, the West's most crucial resource. As old policies and institutions fail to meet changing demands for and availability of water, experts in climate forecasting, water management, water law, and water use allocation reveal in this volume how new science and technology can help improve water management. They assess the degree to which vagaries of climate can be anticipated and countered through better predictions and reformed legal and management systems for allocating water. Unique in its full, integrated coverage, this book will appeal to anyone interested in water supply and management questions as well as climate predictions.
Contributors: Tom Cech, Martyn P. Clark, Randall M. Dole, Terrance J. Fulp, Luis Garcia, David H. Getches, Steven Gloss, Alan F. Hamlet, Lauren E. Hay, Brian Hurd, Jessica Koteen, John Labadie, George H. Leavesley, Dennis P. Lettenmaier, William M. Lewis, Jr., Patricia Nelson Limerick, John Loomis, Dave Matthews, Gregory J. McCabe, Kathleen Miller, Phil Pasteris, Kelly T. Redmond, Rene Reitsma, Mark C. Serreze, Eugene Stakhiv, Kenneth M. Strzepek, William R. Travis, C. Booth, Wallentine, Robert L. Wilby, Connie A. Woodhouse, David N. Yates