Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Science and Data in Responding to Opportunities and Challenges in the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus

Lawford, Richard (2015). Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Science and Data in Responding to Opportunities and Challenges in the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus. Working Paper. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).

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    Author Lawford, Richard
    Editor Hettiarachchi, Hiroshan
    Title Adapting to Climate Change: The Role of Science and Data in Responding to Opportunities and Challenges in the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus
    Series Title Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication Dresden
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
    Pages 47
    Language eng
    Abstract The Water-Soil-Waste (W-S-W) Nexus provides a framework for the main factors in food production. This framework, which facilitates the assessment of how policies and activities inuence agricultural productivity, is important for all levels of the agricultural industry. It facilitates the assessment of issues that deal with water, soil and waste in a balanced way with full consideration of their impact on the long-term sustainability of the agricultural system and its productivity. This paper explores the linkages between water, soil, and waste in the context of climate and climate change in order to clarify needs for scientic information and observational data. Climate affects water availability, soil integrity and the production and movement of waste material. As the climate changes, its inuences on the W-S-W Nexus will also change and new strategies for coping with climate change will therefore be necessary. This paper describes the types of information needed to select and support these new strategies and reviews the current availability of this information. The paper recommends a more comprehensive study of the effects of climate change on the W-S-W Nexus and an evaluation of the current observational systems and datasets to assess changes in W-S-W variables. The paper also encourages responsible agencies to ensure that their data systems are modernized, their data collection programmes for soil and waste data are enhanced, and their data products and knowledge are made freely available to the world’s science community.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783944863207
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