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Resilience Viewed through the Lens of Climate Change and Water Management

Geography and Environment, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK
Water 2020, 12(9), 2510; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092510
Received: 8 August 2020 / Revised: 1 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 September 2020 / Published: 9 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Perspectives on River Catchment Resilience)
Resilience is not a new idea but there has been an upsurge in efforts to operationalize the concept within water management. This review begins with a synopsis of related themes around persistent and emerging pressures on freshwaters; environmental thresholds (or tipping points); ‘safe’ operating conditions; multiple stable states; regime shifts. A case is made for viewing and managing the resilience of water systems at nested scales. Indicators are needed to track evolving climate risks as well as to measure socio-ecological responses. Catchment properties can identify those river systems that are more or less likely to return to a pre-disturbance state; resilience further depends on institutional and social landscapes. Ideally, allied notions of resistance and reliability are applied alongside resilience to broaden the portfolio of adaptation measures. Water managers would also benefit from more consistent use of resilience terminology; incentives to build back better after catastrophes; strategic monitoring of incipient threats and tipping points; availability of long-term adaptation indicators; coordinated efforts to reduce non-climatic pressures on freshwaters (especially in headwaters); evidence-based, practical guidance on adaptation measures that build resilience. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation; catchment; climate change; indicator; resilience; water management adaptation; catchment; climate change; indicator; resilience; water management
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