Human Dimensions: Current Research
Legal and Policy Support for Water Transfers and Marketing
- Richard A. Slaughter, UW Climate Impacts Group and Richard Slaughter Assoc.
Prior work has established that the design and functioning of water markets are critical to efficient water transfers between users and uses (Slaughter and Wiener 2007; Slaughter 2009; Slaughter 2004). Work with the Snake River Economic Model (HD-1A) has established that a likely impact of climate change is increased variability in water flows, including longer droughts. Given that finding, and in the context of growing populations and water demand, water will need to move between uses and users. Efficient mechanisms for that purpose are critical to reducing the societal cost of such transfers
For publications on the societal dimensions of climate impacts and adaptation in the PNW, please see CIG Publications.