Social and behavioral research is crucial for securing environmental sustainability and improving human living environments. Although the majority of people now live in urban areas, we have limited empirical evidence of the anticipated behavioral response to climate change. Using empirical data on daily household residential water use and temperature, our research examines the implications of future climate conditions on water conservation behavior in 501 households within the Portland (OR) metropolitan region. We ask whether and how much change in ambient temperatures impact residential household water use, while controlling for taxlot characteristics. Based on our results, we develop a spatially explicit description about the changes in future water use for the study region using a downscaled future climate scenario. The results suggest that behavioral responses are mediated by an interaction of household structural attributes, and magnitude and temporal variability of weather parameters. These findings have implications for the way natural resource managers and planning bureaus prepare for and adapt to future consequences of climate change.
The implications of climate change on residential water use: a micro-scale analysis of Portland (OR), USA
Vivek Shandas, Meenakshi Rao, Moriah McSharry McGrath; The implications of climate change on residential water use: a micro-scale analysis of Portland (OR), USA. Journal of Water and Climate Change 1 September 2012; 3 (3): 225–238. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wcc.2011.024
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