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Declining inflows and more frequent droughts in the Murray-Darling Basin: climate change, impacts and adaptation

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It is likely that climate change will be associated with reductions in inflows of water to the Murray–Darling Basin In this paper, we analyse the effects of climate change in the Murray–Darling Basin, using a simulation model that incorporates a state-contingent representation of uncertainty. The severity of the impact depends, in large measure, on the extent to which climate change is manifested as an increase in the frequency of drought conditions. Adaptation will partially offset the adverse impact of climate change.

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  • Quiggin, John, 2007. "Declining inflows and more frequent droughts in the Murray-Darling Basin: climate change, impacts and adaptation," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 152088, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqsers:152088
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.152088
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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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