A growing body of evidence suggests that climate change, population growth, and development will render municipal water providers vulnerable to summer shortages in the coming decades. Researchers at the Portland State University (PSU) are investigating the potential for integrating water use considerations into land use planning decisions as one means of climate change adaptation.
On Friday, November 4th, the PSU Geography Department organized a workshop for water resource managers and land use planners to come together to discuss PSU research findings, identify challenges and opportunities to integrate water into planning decisions, and find areas of common ground. Entitled Envisioning Sustainable Urban Water Resource Management, the workshop was the second part of an ongoing stakeholder engagement process between researchers and practitioners.
This collaborative research program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sector Applications Research Program (SARP). The proposed study objectives are directly associated with a primary goal of the NOAA Climate Program: "to understand climate variability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond." For more information on the NOAA-SARP grant at PSU, please visit http://geog.pdx.edu/water