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Julie Sze

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479894567

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479894567.001.0001

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Situating Urban Drought Resilience

Situating Urban Drought Resilience

Theory, Practice and Sustainability Science

(p.124) 5 Situating Urban Drought Resilience
Lawrence Baker
NYU Press

Cities around the world are experiencing greater water stress as the result of growing urban populations, increasing per capita wealth (and water use), and climate change. This chapter examines the concept urban drought resilience. The central hypothesis of this chapter is that the resilience of cites to future droughts can be understood based on socio-ecological characteristics, including biophysical, economic, and social factors. I hypothesize that resilience to urban drought can be predicted by the antecedent hydrologic condition, the polycentric aspects of governance, and the capacity of governance, both to provide feedback for adaptation and to respond. I propose a research agenda to understand urban drought resilience and to create tools that cities can use to increase this resilience. Among these are actionable metrics of urban drought resilience, analogous to widely used economic metrics used by governments to manage economic conditions, including metrics of equity as well as system-level metrics of hydrologic condition.

Keywords:   urban drought resilience, resilience, water governance, antecedent hydrologic condition, socio-ecological, polycentric, feedback, equity

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