Using models to inform water policy in a changing climate: comparing the Australian and Uruguayan experiences

Silvarrey Barruffa, A., Faggian, R., Sposito, V. and Duarte Guigou, M. 2020, Using models to inform water policy in a changing climate: comparing the Australian and Uruguayan experiences, Marine & Freshwater Research, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1071/MF19266.

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Title Using models to inform water policy in a changing climate: comparing the Australian and Uruguayan experiences
Author(s) Silvarrey Barruffa, A.
Faggian, R.ORCID iD for Faggian, R.
Sposito, V.ORCID iD for Sposito, V.
Duarte Guigou, M.
Journal name Marine & Freshwater Research
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Victoria
Publication date 2020-07-28
ISSN 1323-1650
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Physical Sciences
Marine & Freshwater Biology
catchment management
climate change
water quality
Summary Mitigating the expansion of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in Uruguayan catchments is a major challenge facing researchers and decision makers. To make matters worse, these events are expected to occur more often as the climate changes. Taking Australia’s experience as an example, minimising the effect of algal blooms involves a range of catchment land use policy and regulatory measures that are underpinned by comprehensive monitoring systems, hydrological modelling platforms and land suitability analysis considering the effects of climate change. The lack of these technological tools means that policies and regulations cannot be implemented effectively. In this paper, we analyse the effects of climate change on Laguna Del Sauce Catchment (Uruguay) and discuss the effects of a possible new land use configuration defined using approaches typically used in Australia. We identify that the likely future of the catchment, according to biophysical modelling, is in conflict with its likely future as defined by its existing land use trajectory and associated agricultural policy. Our analysis provides new insights into the possible effects of climate change on Laguna Del Sauce, and thus fills an important knowledge gap to inform and amend the current policies and institutional frameworks.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/MF19266
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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