Barriers and Opportunities
Edited by Rosemary Lyster and Robert R.M. Verchick
Chapter 13: Water law and climate disasters
This chapter examines the roles of water law in addressing three different forms of water-related climate disasters: drought, flooding, and coastal inundation. From a legal perspective, the subject of water law and climate disasters is made more complex by the fact that water law systems themselves vary considerably. As such, two issues regarding the role of water law in climate disasters are likely to emerge as most critical: the extent to which a given water law system provides for flexibility in how water supplies are allocated; and the extent to which a given water law system both can adapt existing water supplies to changing ecological realities and can increase the short-term and long-term resilience of the overall water supply to the impacts of climate disasters.
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