Law's Adaptive Capacity and Climate Change's Impacts on Water

Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 5, 2010

8 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2010  

Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold

University of Louisville - Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: November 19, 2010

Abstract

This is an introductory essay to a symposium on Climate Change, Water, and Adaptive Law, held at the University of Houston Law Center in February 2010 and published in the Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal. It contends that changing climate conditions are creating pressures on water law, policy, and management institutions to adapt and questions whether these institutions have the capacity to adapt to climate change. It describes four major effects of climate change as they relate to water resources: 1) precipitation effects; 2) environmental and landscape structural effects; 3) behavioral response effects; and 4) institutional response effects. The essay then describes two articles addressing the dynamics of cross-jurisdictional scale: one by Robin Kundis Craig and one by Noah Hall; two articles addressing cross-sector interrelationships among water and energy: one by Dan Tarlock and one by Lea Rachel Kosnik; and three articles analyzing the adequacy and adaptability of existing trends in decentralized water planning and management: one by Kathleen Miller, one by Tony Arnold, and one by Elizabeth Burleson. The essay then comments on the themes of fragmentation and integration in the context of the systemic evolution and emergence of water law institutions.

Keywords: climate change, water, water institutions, adaptation, adaptive law, energy, legal evolution, change, uncertainty, panarchy, Robin Kundis Craig, Noah Hall, Dan Tarlock, Lea Rachel Kosnik, Kathleen Miller, Tony Arnold, Elizabeth Burleson

Suggested Citation

Arnold, Craig Anthony (Tony), Law's Adaptive Capacity and Climate Change's Impacts on Water (November 19, 2010). Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 5, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1712030

Craig (Tony) Anthony Arnold (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Brandeis School of Law ( email )

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