• Adger, W. N., and Coauthors, 2007: Assessment of adaptation practices, options, constraints and capacity. Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, M. L. Parry et al., Eds., Cambridge University Press, 717–743.

  • Archie, K. M., Dilling L. , Milford J. B. , and Pampel F. C. , 2014: Unpacking the “information barrier”: Comparing perspectives on information as a barrier to climate change adaptation in the interior mountain West. J. Environ. Manage., 133, 397410, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.12.015.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Barsugli, J. J., and Coauthors, 2013: The practitioner’s dilemma: How to assess the credibility of downscaled climate projections. Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 94, 424425, doi:10.1002/2013EO460005.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Berkhout, F., 2012: Adaptation to climate change by organizations. Wiley Interdiscip. Rev.: Climate Change, 3, 91106, doi:10.1002/wcc.154.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bidwell, D., Dietz T. , and Scavia D. , 2013: Fostering knowledge networks for climate adaptation. Nat. Climate Change, 3, 610611, doi:10.1038/nclimate1931.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bierbaum, R., and Coauthors, 2013: A comprehensive review of climate adaptation in the United States: More than before, but less than needed. Mitigation Adapt. Strategies Global Change, 18, 361406, doi:10.1007/s11027-012-9423-1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bureau of Reclamation, cited 2012: Colorado River basin water supply and demand study: Executive summary. Bureau of Reclamation, 28 pp. [Available online at www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/finalreport/Executive%20Summary/CRBS_Executive_Summary_FINAL.pdf.]

  • Cash, D. W., 2001: “In order to aid in diffusing useful and practical information”: Agricultural extension and boundary organizations. Sci. Technol. Human Values, 26, 431453, doi:10.1177/016224390102600403.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cash, D. W., and Moser S. C. , 2000: Linking global and local scales: Designing dynamic assessment and management processes. Global Environ. Change, 10, 109120, doi:10.1016/S0959-3780(00)00017-0.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cash, D. W., Clark W. , Alcock F. , Dickson N. M. , Eckley N. , Guston D. H. , Jager J. , and Mitchell R. B. , 2003: Knowledge systems for sustainable development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 100, 80868091, doi:10.1073/pnas.1231332100.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Cash, D. W., Borck J. , and Patt A. , 2006: Countering the loading-dock approach to linking science and decision making. Sci. Technol. Human Values, 31, 465495, doi:10.1177/0162243906287547.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dilling, L., and Berggren J. , 2014: What do stakeholders need to manage for climate change and variability? A document-based analysis from three mountain states in the western USA. Reg. Environ. Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-014-0668-y, in press.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dilling, L., and Lemos M. C. , 2011: Creating usable science: Opportunities and constraints for climate knowledge use and their implications for science policy. Global Environ. Change, 21, 680689, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.11.006.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dilling, L., and Failey E. , 2013: Managing carbon in a multiple use world: The implications of land-use decision context for carbon management. Global Environ. Change, 23, 291300, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.10.012.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dow, K., Haywood B. K. , Kettle N. P. , and Lackstrom K. , 2013: The role of ad hoc networks in supporting climate change adaptation: A case study from the southeastern United States. Reg. Environ. Change, 13, 12351244, doi:10.1007/s10113-013-0440-8.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Eakin, H., Eriksen S. , Eikeland P.-O. , and Øyen C. , 2011: Public sector reform and governance for adaptation: Implications of new public management for adaptive capacity in Mexico and Norway. Environ. Manage., 47, 338351, doi:10.1007/s00267-010-9605-0.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Farley, K. A., Tague C. , and Grant G. E. , 2011: Vulnerability of water supply from the Oregon Cascades to changing climate: Linking science to users and policy. Global Environ. Change, 21, 110122, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.09.011.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Feldman, D. L., and Ingram H. M. , 2009: Making science useful to decision makers: Climate forecasts, water management, and knowledge networks. Wea. Climate Soc., 1, 921, doi:10.1175/2009WCAS1007.1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Fowler, H. J., Blenkinsop S. , and Tebaldi C. , 2007: Linking climate change modelling to impacts studies: Recent advances in downscaling techniques for hydrological modelling. Int. J. Climatol., 27, 15471578, doi:10.1002/joc.1556.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Frank, K., Chen I.-C. , Lee Y. , Kalafatis S. , Chen T. , Lo Y.-J. , and Lemos M. C. , 2012: Network location and policy-oriented behavior: An analysis of two-mode networks of coauthored documents concerning climate change in the Great Lakes region. Policy Stud. J., 40, 492515, doi:10.1111/j.1541-0072.2012.00462.x.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Glaas, E., Jonsson A. , Hjerpe M. , and Andersson-Sköld Y. , 2010: Managing climate change vulnerabilities: Formal institutions and knowledge use as determinants of adaptive capacity at the local level in Sweden. Local Environ., 15, 525539, doi:10.1080/13549839.2010.487525.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Gregory, R., Failing L. , Harstone M. , Long G. , McDaniels T. , and Ohlson D. , 2012: Structured Decision Making: A Practical Guide to Environmental Management Choices. Wiley, 312 pp.

  • Haywood, B. K., Brennan A. , Dow K. , Kettle N. P. , and Lackstrom K. , 2014: Negotiating a mainstreaming spectrum: Climate change response and communication in the Carolinas. J. Environ. Policy Plann., 16, 7594, doi:10.1080/1523908X.2013.817948.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Hegger, D., Lamers M. , Van Zeijl-Rozema A. , and Dieperink C. , 2012: Conceptualising joint knowledge production in regional climate change adaptation projects: Success conditions and levers for action. Environ. Sci. Policy, 18, 5265, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2012.01.002.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Jacobs, K., Garfin G. , and Lenart M. , 2005: More than just talk: Connecting science and decisionmaking. Environment, 47, 621, doi:10.3200/ENVT.47.9.6-21.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Jacobs, K., and Coauthors, 2010: Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water-resources management. Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development: 8th Annual Sackler Colloquia, Washington, DC, National Academy of Sciences, 6 pp., doi:10.1073/pnas.0813125107.

  • Kasperson, R. E., 2006: Rerouting the stakeholder express. Global Environ. Change, 16, 320322, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.08.002.

  • Kiparsky, M., Milman A. , and Vicuña S. , 2012: Climate and water: Knowledge of impacts to action on adaptation. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour., 37, 163194, doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-050311-093931.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kirchhoff, C. J., Lemos M. C. , and Dessai S. , 2013: Actionable knowledge for environmental decision making: Broadening the usability of climate science. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour., 38, 393414, doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-022112-112828.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Klein, R. J. T., Midgley G. F. , Preston B. , Alam M. , Berkhout F. G. H. , Dow K. , and Shaw M. R. , 2014: Adaptation opportunities, constraints, and limits. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. C. B. Field et al., Eds., Cambridge University Press. [Available online at http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/.]

  • Kok, M., and de Coninck H. , 2007: Widening the scope of policies to address climate change. Environ. Sci. Policy, 10, 587599, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2007.07.003.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lach, D., List P. , Steel B. , and Shindler B. , 2003: Advocacy and credibility of ecological scientists in resource decisionmaking: A regional study. Bioscience, 53, 170178, doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2003)053[0170:AACOES]2.0.CO;2.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lackstrom, K., Kettle N. P. , Haywood B. , and Dow K. , 2014: Climate-sensitive decisions and time frames: A cross-sectoral analysis of information pathways in the Carolinas. Wea. Climate Soc., 6, 238252, doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-13-00030.1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lemos, M. C., Kirchhoff C. J. , and Ramprasad V. , 2012: Narrowing the climate information usability gap. Nat. Climate Change, 2, 789794, doi:10.1038/nclimate1614.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lemos, M. C., Kirchhoff C. J. , Kalafatis S. E. , Scavia D. , and Rood R. B. , 2014: Moving climate information off the shelf: Boundary chains and the role of RISAs as adaptive organizations. Wea. Climate Soc., 6, 273285, doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-13-00044.1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lowrey, J. L., Ray A. J. , and Webb R. S. , 2009: Factors influencing the use of climate information by Colorado municipal water managers. Climate Res., 40, 103119, doi:10.3354/cr00827.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • McNie, E., 2007: Reconciling the supply of scientific information with user demands: An analysis of the problem and review of the literature. Environ. Sci. Policy, 10, 1738, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2006.10.004.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Moser, S. C., and Ekstrom J. A. , 2010: A framework to diagnose barriers to climate change adaptation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107, 22 02622 031, doi:10.1073/pnas.1007887107.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Moss, R. H., and Coauthors, 2013: Hell and high water: Practice-relevant adaptation science. Science, 342, 696698, doi:10.1126/science.1239569.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Naess, L. O., Bang G. , Eriksen S. , and Vevatne J. , 2005: Institutional adaptation to climate change: Flood responses at the municipal level in Norway. Global Environ. Change, 15, 125138, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2004.10.003.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • National Research Council, 2009: Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate. Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support. National Academies Press, 200 pp.

  • Pahl-Wostl, C., 2009: A conceptual framework for analysing adaptive capacity and multi-level learning processes in resource governance regimes. Global Environ. Change, 19, 354365, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.06.001.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Pielke, R. A., Jr., 2007: The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 188 pp.

  • Pulwarty, R. S., Simpson C. , and Nierenberg C. R. , 2009: The Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program: Crafting effective assessments for the long haul. Integrated Regional Assessment of Global Climate Change, C. G. Knight and J. Jäger, Eds., Cambridge University Press, 1–28.

  • Ray, A., Garfin G. , Wilder M. , Vasquez-Leon M. , Lenart M. , and Comrie A. C. , 2007: Applications of monsoon research: Opportunities to inform decision making and reduce regional vulnerability. J. Climate, 20, 16081627, doi:10.1175/JCLI4098.1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rayner, S., Lach D. , and Ingram H. , 2005: Weather forecasts are for wimps: Why water resource managers do not use climate forecasts. Climatic Change, 69, 197227, doi:10.1007/s10584-005-3148-z.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Roncoli, C., Breuer N. , Zierden D. , Fraisse C. , Broad K. , and Hoogenboom G. , 2012: The art of the science: Climate forecasts for wildfire management in the southeastern United States. Climatic Change, 113, 11131121, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0526-1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Sarewitz, D., and Pielke R. Jr., 2007: The neglected heart of science policy: Reconciling supply of and demand for science. Environ. Sci. Policy, 10, 516, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2006.10.001.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Smit, B., and Wandel J. , 2006: Adaptation, adaptive capacity and vulnerability. Global Environ. Change, 16, 282292, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.03.008.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Steinemann, A., 2014: Drought information for improving preparedness in the western states. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 95, 843–847, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00067.1.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Tribbia, J., and Moser S. C. , 2008: More than information: What coastal managers need to plan for climate change. Environ. Sci. Policy, 11, 315328, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2008.01.003.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • USGS, cited 2013: USGS threatened and endangered stations. [Available online at http://streamstatsags.cr.usgs.gov/ThreatenedGages/ThreatenedGages.html.]

  • van Kerkhoff, L., and Lebel L. , 2006: Linking knowledge and action for sustainable development. Annu. Rev. Energy Environ., 31, 445477, doi:10.1146/annurev.energy.31.102405.170850.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Vogel, C., Moser S. C. , Kasperson R. E. , and Dabelko G. , 2007: Linking vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience science to practice: Pathways, players, and partnerships. Global Environ. Change, 17, 349364, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.05.002.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Weichselgartner, J., and Kasperson R. , 2010: Barriers in the science-policy-practice interface: Toward a knowledge-action-system in global environmental change research. Global Environ. Change, 20, 266277, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.11.006.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Yin, R. K., 2003: Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 3rd ed. Sage Publications, 200 pp.

  • Yohe, G., and Tol R. , 2002: Indicators for social and economic coping capacity—Moving toward a working definition of adaptive capacity. Global Environ Change, 12, 2540, doi:10.1016/S0959-3780(01)00026-7.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 22 22 22
PDF Downloads 11 11 11

What Stakeholder Needs Tell Us about Enabling Adaptive Capacity: The Intersection of Context and Information Provision across Regions in the United States

View More View Less
  • 1 Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, and Western Water Assessment, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
  • | 2 Department of Geography, and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
  • | 3 Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • | 4 Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, and Western Water Assessment, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
  • | 5 Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Restricted access

Abstract

In recent years increasing attention has been focused on understanding the different resources that can support decision makers at all levels in responding to climate variability and change. This article focuses on the role that access to information and other potential constraints may play in the context of water decision making across three U.S. regions (the Intermountain West, the Great Lakes, and the Carolinas). The authors report on the degree to which climate-related needs or constraints pertinent to water resources are regionally specific. They also find that stakeholder-identified constraints or needs extended beyond the need for data/information to enabling factors such as governance arrangements and how to improve collaboration and communication. As climate information networks expand and emphasis is placed on encouraging adaptation more broadly, these constraints have implications not only for how information dissemination efforts are organized but for how those efforts need to be informed by the larger regional context in a resource-limited and fragmented landscape.

Corresponding author address: Lisa Dilling, Environmental Studies and CIRES/CSTPR, University of Colorado Boulder, 1333 Grandview Ave., Boulder, CO 80304. E-mail: ldilling@colorado.edu

Abstract

In recent years increasing attention has been focused on understanding the different resources that can support decision makers at all levels in responding to climate variability and change. This article focuses on the role that access to information and other potential constraints may play in the context of water decision making across three U.S. regions (the Intermountain West, the Great Lakes, and the Carolinas). The authors report on the degree to which climate-related needs or constraints pertinent to water resources are regionally specific. They also find that stakeholder-identified constraints or needs extended beyond the need for data/information to enabling factors such as governance arrangements and how to improve collaboration and communication. As climate information networks expand and emphasis is placed on encouraging adaptation more broadly, these constraints have implications not only for how information dissemination efforts are organized but for how those efforts need to be informed by the larger regional context in a resource-limited and fragmented landscape.

Corresponding author address: Lisa Dilling, Environmental Studies and CIRES/CSTPR, University of Colorado Boulder, 1333 Grandview Ave., Boulder, CO 80304. E-mail: ldilling@colorado.edu
Save