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Climate and Climate Change in the Okanagan


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The following articles target the variety of topics interlaced with climate change work in the Okanagan. 

Ecology and the Okanagan

Bamber, N., Jones, M., Nelson, L., Hannam, K., Nichol, C., & Pelletier, N. (2021). Life cycle assessment of mulch use on Okanagan apple orchards: Part 2 - consequential. Journal of Cleaner Production, 280.

Bamber, N., Jones, M., Nelson, L., Hannam, K., Nichol, C., & Pelletier, N. (2020). Life cycle assessment of mulch use on okanagan apple orchards: Part 1 - attributional. Journal of Cleaner Production, 267, 121960.

Schwann, A. (2018). Ecological wisdom: Reclaiming the cultural landscape of the okanagan valley. Journal of Urban Management, 7(3), 172-180. doi:10.1016/j.jum.2018.05.004

Water and the Environment

Brandes, O. M., & desLibris - Documents. (2020). Towards watershed security: The role of water in modernized land use planning in B.C. POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria.

Conrad, S., Rutherford, M., & Haider, W. (2017). Profiling Farmers' Preferences about Drought Response Policies Using a Choice Experiment in the Okanagan Basin, Canada. Water Resources Management, 31, 2837-2851.

Harma, K.J., Johnson, M.S., & Cohen, S.J. (2012). Future water supply and demand in the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia: A scenario-based analysis of multiple interacting stressors. Water Resources Management, 26, 667-689.

Langsdale, S., Beall, A. C., & Carmichael, J., et al. (2009). Exploring the implications of climate change on water resources through participatory modeling: Case study of the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 135, 373–381.

Melnychuk, N., Jatel, N., & Sears, A. (2017). Integrated water resource management and British Columbia's Okanagan Basin Water Board. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33, 408-425.

Merritt, W. S., Alila, Y., Barton, M., Taylor, B., Cohen, S., & Neilsen, D. (2006). Hydrologic response to scenarios of climate change in sub watersheds of the Okanagan basin, British Columbia. Journal of Hydrology, 326, 79-108.

Neale, T., Carmichael, J., & Cohen, S. (2007). Urban water futures: A multivariate analysis of population growth and climate change impacts on urban water demand in the Okanagan basin, BC. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 32, 315–330.

Neilsen, D., Smith, C. A. S., Frank, G., Koch, W., Alila, Y., Merritt, W. S., Taylor, W. G., Barton, M., Hall, J. W., & Cohen, S. J., (2006). Potential impacts of climate change on water availability for crops in the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 86, 921-935.

Shepherd, P., Tansey, J., & Dowlatabadi, H. (2006). Context matters: What shapes adaptation to water stress in the Okanagan? Climatic Change, 78, 31-62.

Wine and the Environment

Belliveau, S., Smit, B., & Bradshaw, B., (2006). Multiple exposures and dynamic vulnerability: evidence from the grape industry in the Okanagan Valley, Canada. Global Environmental Change, 16, 364-378.

Hewer, M. J., & Gough, W. A. (2021). Climate change impact assessment on grape growth and wine production in the Okanagan Valley (Canada). Climate Risk Management, 33, 100343.

Mosedale, J. R., Abernethy, K. E., Smart, R. E., Wilson, R. J., & Maclean, I. M. D. (2016). Climate change impacts and adaptive strategies: Lessons from the grapevine. Global Change Biology, 22(11), 3814-3828.

Noestheden, M., Noyovitz, B., Riordan-Short, S., Dennis, E. G., & Zandberg, W. F. (2018). Smoke from simulated forest fire alters secondary metabolites in vitis vinifera L. berries and wine. Planta, 248(6), 1537-1550.

Robinson, D. (2021). Rural food and wine tourism in Canada’s south Okanagan Valley: Transformations for food sovereignty? Sustainability (Basel, Switzerland), 13(4), 1808.

Rayne, S., Forest, K. (2016). Rapidly changing climatic conditions for wine grape growing in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. The Science of the Total Environment, 556, 169-178.