Implications of Regulatory Drought for farmer Use of Climate Information in the Klamath Basin
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Inst Environm
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PublisherAMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC
CitationVanderMolen, K. and A. Horangic, 2018: Implications of Regulatory Drought for farmer Use of Climate Information in the Klamath Basin. Wea. Climate Soc., 10, 269–274, https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0078.1
JournalWEATHER CLIMATE AND SOCIETY
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AbstractDespite the risk of climate variability to agriculture, farmer use of climate information in agricultural decision-making generally remains low. Research has suggested that where farmers already have robust "repertoires'' of decision-making resources adapted to some degree of climate variability, such new information may simply factor less saliently. This study asks whether farmer use of climate information increases under the occurrence of more extreme climatic events for which those repertoires lack referent-in this case, severe hydrological and related regulatory drought in the Klamath basin. Semistructured interviews with key informants of Klamath basin agriculture indicate a marked increase in farmer use of climate and climate-related information since the onset of drought in 2001. What information farmers utilize, however, depends on whether it retains its predictive and explanatory value under both types of drought. Findings highlight the need for consideration of coproduction approaches to the development of climate information if it is to serve farmers where the extremity of climate events produces changes not only in availability of but also in access to key agricultural resources.
Note6 month embargo; published online: 13 March 2018
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SponsorsNOAA's California-Nevada Climate Applications Program [NA11OAR4310150]