Growing scarcity of freshwater worldwide brings to light the need for sound water resource modeling and policy analysis. While a solid foundation has been established for many specific water management problems, combining those methods and principles in a unified framework remains an ongoing challenge. This Handbook aims to expand the scope of efficient water use to include allocation of sources and quantities across uses and time, as well as integrating demand-management with supply-side substitutes.
Socially efficient water use does not generally coincide with private decisions in the real world, however. Examples of mechanisms designed to incentivize efficient behavior are drawn from agricultural water use, municipal water regulation, and externalities linked to water resources. Water management is further complicated when information is costly and/or imperfect. Standard optimization frameworks are extended to allow for coordination costs, games and cooperation, and risk allocation. When operating efficiently, water markets are often viewed as a desirable means of allocation because a market price incentivizes users to move resources from low to high value activities. However, early attempts at water trading have run into many obstacles. Case studies from the United States, Australia, Europe, and Canada highlight the successes and remaining challenges of establishing efficient water markets.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 885 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 28 mm
"The handbook presents essays on a variety of key water resources problems from integrated surface water-groundwater management to the design of water markets, emphasizing analytical techniques for finding solutions. The handbook would be excellent for graduate level water management courses and for top level water managers who value the ability to conceptualize problems and solution techniques. Excellent case studies of integrated water management and water markets are presented." - Charles (Chuck) Howe, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA.
"This book brings many of the world's most eminent water economists together to provide insights on the modern and future management of water locally, and globally. Readers will find the diverse perspectives and approaches illuminating on one of the world's greatest challenges - managing water for growing populations and a changing climate." - Jay R. Lund, Director, Center for Watershed Sciences, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California - Davis, USA.
"This volume offers an extensive treatment of 'frontier' issues in water resource economics and policy, with contributions from the field's eminent scholars. On topics from agriculture to urban use, and from pollution to water scarcity, it will become a go-to reference for students and researchers alike." - Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.
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