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Navigating the Water-Energy Governance Landscape and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Northern Patagonia Region of Argentina

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Stockholm Environment Institute, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Hídricas, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe 3000, Argentina
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Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén 8300, Argentina
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Fundación Bariloche, San Carlos, de Bariloche R8402AGP, Río Negro, Argentina
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Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Buenos Aires C1425FQB CABA, Argentina
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Autoridad Interjurisdiccional de las Cuencas de los ríos Limay, Neuquén y Negro (AIC), Cipolletti 8324, Río Negro, Argentina
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Water 2018, 10(6), 794; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10060794
Received: 8 May 2018 / Revised: 5 June 2018 / Accepted: 11 June 2018 / Published: 15 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Water Policy Collection)
Water scientists often find themselves interacting with decision-makers with varying levels of technical background. The sustainable management of water resources is complex by nature, and future conditions are highly uncertain, requiring modeling approaches capable of accommodating a variety of parameters and scenarios. Technical findings from these analyses need to be positioned and conducted within the governance institutions to ensure decision-makers utilize them. This paper examines the water resource challenges for a large basin in northern Patagonia, Argentina and utilizes the Robust Decision Support (RDS) framework to evaluate trade-offs and strategies in a participatory process that included researchers and decision-makers. Integrated water resources models using simulation modeling and decision space visualization show significant climate change impacts, which are augmented with irrigated agriculture expansion and increasing hydropower production. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; climate change; modelling tools; visualization; decision-making support water governance; climate change; modelling tools; visualization; decision-making support
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Forni, L.; Escobar, M.; Cello, P.; Marizza, M.; Nadal, G.; Girardin, L.; Losano, F.; Bucciarelli, L.; Young, C.; Purkey, D. Navigating the Water-Energy Governance Landscape and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Northern Patagonia Region of Argentina. Water 2018, 10, 794.

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