How to Take Climate Change into Account: A Guidance Document for Judges Adjudicating Water Disputes

15 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010

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Carolyn Brickey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kirsten H. Engel

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Katharine Jacobs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Julia Matter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Daniel F. Luecke

Environmental Defense Fund - Colorado Office

Marc L. Miller

University of Arizona College of Law

Jonathan T. Overpeck

University of Arizona - Department of Geosciences

Brad Udall

University of Colorado

Abstract

Climate change issues are being raised and increasingly considered in water litigation and in environmental policy more generally. This document notes the escalating importance for water management of the "climate change/hydrologic cycle" link and sketches implications for courts. The general problem climate change presents to courts in water disputes is how to deal with decision-making in light of greater uncertainty. The report, written by experts in water law, climate science, and environmental law surveys several tools judges can use to understand the new science of climate change, and some of the options for resolving water disputes in ways that reflect a more rapidly changing and uncertain world.

Keywords: climate change, water, adjudication, water rights, climate science

Suggested Citation

Brickey, Carolyn and Engel, Kirsten H. and Jacobs, Katharine and Matter, Julia and Luecke, Daniel F. and Miller, Marc Louis and Overpeck, Jonathan T. and Udall, Bradley H, How to Take Climate Change into Account: A Guidance Document for Judges Adjudicating Water Disputes. Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 40, p. 11215, December 2010; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 10-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1722857

Carolyn Brickey

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Kirsten H. Engel (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
520-621-5444 (Phone)

Katharine Jacobs

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Julia Matter

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Daniel F. Luecke

Environmental Defense Fund - Colorado Office ( email )

2334 North Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
United States
303-440-4901 (Phone)
303-440-8052 (Fax)

Marc Louis Miller

University of Arizona College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
520-621-1498 (Phone)

Jonathan T. Overpeck

University of Arizona - Department of Geosciences ( email )

Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Bradley H Udall

University of Colorado ( email )

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