Integrated Water Resources Management in Exurban Places: A multi-scalar approach to modeling the dual impacts of climate and population changes in Hood River, Oregon

Authors: Alexander Ross*, Portland State University
Topics: Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: socio-hydrology, multi-scalar governance, hydrosocial, exurban, political ecology, watershed management
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Wilson C, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This paper will discuss the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) with respect to population and climate change in exurban areas. I will begin with a survey some of the literature around socio-hydrology and system dynamics modeling of water quality and quantity relative to population influences, as well as broader trends of population growth in exurban areas. The paper will then hone in on discussing the hydro-climatological trends of shrinking glaciers in the Pacific Northwest and the potential impacts on local populations, particularly the exurban place, Hood River, at the periphery of Portland, Oregon. Examining the phenomenon of population growth in Hood River and the potential impacts of climate change on the watershed, I will set forth a strategy for coupling the sociological dynamics of population change relative to foreseeable hydro-climatological trends. This research will help ameliorate the gap between diverging tendencies in socio-hydrology and hydrosocial theory in order to examine potential ways of increasing community resilience in exurban places.

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