Surprising Answers to Rising Sea Levels, Storms, Floods, Desertification, Earthquakes and Ever More Environmental Crises in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

9 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2011  

Emery Roe

California State University, East Bay - Department of Public Affairs and Administration

Abstract

Consensus is that California's strategically important Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is headed for all manner of disasters, not least of which are earthquakes and the storms, floods and dry periods associated with global and regional climate change. Added to this list are other environmental problems associated with urbanization, chemical agriculture and declining fish species in the Delta. In this view, there are so many crises that if one does not happen, others will. Therefore, the probability and consequences of something failing are high, whatever way you look at it. But there is no therefore there. The chief feature of complexity is surprise, not inevitability. Ecosystems are very complex as are the infrastructure systems mandated to reliably manage ecosystem services, including water, hydropower and renewable energy. Surprises are happening all the time, raising the questions this article answers: Who manages these surprises system-wide in real time? What are the answers this management provides and how do they differ from current approaches environmental crisis scenarios for the Delta?

Suggested Citation

Roe, Emery, Surprising Answers to Rising Sea Levels, Storms, Floods, Desertification, Earthquakes and Ever More Environmental Crises in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 34-42, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1782478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5973.2010.00633.x

Emery Roe (Contact Author)

California State University, East Bay - Department of Public Affairs and Administration ( email )

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Hayward, CA California 94542
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