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The Implications of Climate Change on Residential Water Use: A Micro-Scale Analysis of Portland (OR), USA
Journal of Climate and Water (2012)
  • Vivek Shandas, Portland State University
  • Meenakshi Rao, Portland State University
  • Moriah McSharry McGrath, Portland State University
Abstract
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.
Keywords
  • Development scenarios,
  • Empirical,
  • Residential,
  • Temperature,
  • Water demand
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Vivek Shandas, Meenakshi Rao and Moriah McSharry McGrath. "The Implications of Climate Change on Residential Water Use: A Micro-Scale Analysis of Portland (OR), USA" Journal of Climate and Water Vol. 3 Iss. 3 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vivek_shandas/17/