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Adaptation in an Uncertain World—Detection and Attribution of Climate Change Trends and Extreme Possibilities  

Xiyue Li and Gary Yohe

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Oct 2019
This chapter offers results from an artificial simulation exercise that was designed to answer three fundamental questions that lie at the heart of anticipatory adaptation. First, how can ... More

Aerodynamic Loading Due to Non-Synoptic Wind Systems  

Jubayer Chowdhury and Teng Wu

In this chapter, an effort has been made to give an overview of the aerodynamic loading on structures due to non-synoptic wind events, mainly tornadoes and downbursts. A brief description ... More

Assessing Wind Damage to Residential Structures  

Timothy P. Marshall and J. Arn Womble

Most building damage occurs at relatively low wind speeds, at or below 50 m s–1 (112 mph), as certain components fail, such as doors, windows, chimneys, and roof coverings. Rainwater then ... More

Cape Town’s Contested Hierarchy of Demand for Agricultural and Municipal Water in a Rainfed Economy 2017–2018  

Anthony Colman

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Oct 2019
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Jan 2019
The article provides an analysis of the stakeholders involved in policy decision making on water utilization, especially during the Water Crisis of 2017–2018. It looks at this through the ... More

Characteristics of Downslope Wind Storms in the View of the Typical Atmospheric Boundary Layer  

Hrvoje Kozmar and Branko Grisogono

There is a clear need to learn more about the exact characteristics of downslope wind storms in order to accurately address relevant topics in environmental aerodynamics and wind ... More

Circumventing Water Scarcity in the Jordan Basin: Decoupling Trends in Israel and Jordan  

Michael Gilmont, Lara Nassar, Erica Harper, Nadav Tal, and Steve Rayner

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Oct 2019
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Apr 2019
This chapter examines trends in water resources used in Jordan and Israel. Specifically it illustrates how these two economies have circumvented significant limits in their natural ... More

Convective Storms and the Insurance Industry: Challenges and Opportunities  

Kirsten D. Orwig

Convective storms affect countries worldwide, with billions in losses and dozens of fatalities every year. They are now the key insured loss driver in the United States, even after ... More

Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty: Climate Change and Infrastructure Management  

Kelly Klima

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Nov 2019
Decision making under questions of deep uncertainty can be vague or specific, open-ended or fixed, easy or hard. This chapter very briefly addresses issues and approaches to decision making ... More

Decision-Making by Water Managers Despite Climate Uncertainty  

Rob Wilby and Conor Murphy

Some of the most profound impacts of climate variability and change are expected in the water sector. These include more frequent, severe, and persistent droughts; more frequent, ... More

Dietary Patterns that Value People and the Planet  

Joanne Burke

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Oct 2019
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Sep 2018
Nourishing food and water are essential for human survival, as are the people who labour in the food system and the planetary ecosystems that underpin foraging, farming, and fishing. Our ... More

Disruptive Food Supply Chains: Bringing It All Back Home  

Tony Beck

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Oct 2019
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Oct 2018
Alternative food movements have, from their origins, espoused values of social justice and environmental stewardship in an attempt to challenge existing economic and social norms related to ... More

Economic and Policy Issues for Wind-Resistant Construction  

Kevin M. Simmons

This chapter summarizes recent research first on the policy prescription of building codes designed with wind engineering principles, then on research concerning how markets for ... More

Extremely Gusty Winds from a Viewpoint of Aerodynamic Force  

Junji Maeda, Takashi Takeuchi, Eriko Tomokiyo, and Yukio Tamura

To quantitatively investigate a gusty wind from the viewpoint of aerodynamic forces, a wind tunnel that can control the rise time of a step-function-like gust was devised and utilized. When ... More

A Farmer’s Experience of Conservation Agriculture in the UK  

Anthony J. Reynolds

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Oct 2019
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Aug 2018
Conservation agricultural practices have been widely adopted across the world in the past 30 years. Farmers recognized that their soils had been degraded by deep ploughing and by dependence ... More

Farmer-led Water User Associations in Agricultural Water Management  

Rami Zurayk and Azza Dirar

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Oct 2019
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May 2018
Since agriculture consumes the largest share of the world’s water, farmers undoubtedly play an instrumental role in the management of this precious resource. As such, various policy ... More

The Feminization of Agriculture: Evidence and Implications for Food and Water Security  

Vanya Slavchevska, Susan Kaaria, and Sanna Liisa Taivalmaa

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Oct 2019
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May 2019
Male outmigration from rural, primary agricultural areas and the globalization of agri-food systems have both been linked to a significant increase in women’s work and responsibilities in ... More

Food and Water Management in Northwest Africa  

Mustapha Besbes, Jamel Chahed, and Abdelkader Hamdane

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Oct 2019
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May 2018
Northwest African countries (NA) consume 70 percent of their renewable water resources, and groundwater overdraft has become a major problem. Blue water irrigation represents 17 percent of ... More

Food and Water Management in Southern Africa  

Peter Johnston and Arthur Chapman

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Oct 2019
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May 2018
Irrigation is a critical input for raising food production in southern Africa, parts of which are food-insecure, especially as a result of low levels of technology employed, low investments ... More

Food and Water Management in the Mediterranean Basin  

Michel Petit and Phillipe Le Grusse

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Oct 2019
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Jul 2018
The food and water challenges to be faced in the Mediterranean Basin, particularly those on the southern and eastern shores, are daunting. They form a complex nexus of problems and require ... More

Food and Water Security in North America’s Transboundary Sonoran Desert: A Water-Exporting Dryland  

America Lutz Ley, Ryan Lee, Yulia Peralta, and Christopher Scott

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Oct 2019
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Aug 2018
The United-States-Mexico food system, and in particular the section located in the Sonoran Desert, is an example of the detrimental effects that result from instensified food production to ... More

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