Drought and the rebound effect: a Murray–Darling Basin example

Loch, Adam and Adamson, David (2015) Drought and the rebound effect: a Murray–Darling Basin example. Natural Hazards, 79 3: 1429-1449. doi:10.1007/s11069-015-1705-y

Author Loch, Adam
Adamson, David
Title Drought and the rebound effect: a Murray–Darling Basin example
Journal name Natural Hazards   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-030X
Publication date 2015-04-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-1705-y
Volume 79
Issue 3
Start page 1429
End page 1449
Total pages 21
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Droughts are natural hazards, to which irrigators must adapt. Climate change is expected to increase both the frequency and severity of future droughts. A common adaptation is investment in water-efficient technology. However, increased efficiency can paradoxically result in rebound effects: higher resource demand among consumptive users, and lower flow benefits for environmental users. Under an assumption of increasing future drought conditions, we examine anticipated rebound effect impacts on environmental and private irrigator water availability/use outcomes from current water efficiency-centric policy in Australia’s Murray–Darling Basin. We determine that rebound effects for environmental and private irrigation interests are likely. Our results identify greater technological change and higher consumptive land and water demand in northern Basin annual production systems, as irrigators switch to perennial cropping systems under subsidization incentives. Policy incentives to encourage water use efficiency paradoxically reduce environmental flow volumes on average. We find that environmental policy objectives will only be achieved when water is not a binding production constraint, typically in wet states of nature.
Keyword Rebound effects
Environmental flows
Murray Darling Basin
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 13 Apr 2015, 09:53:47 EST by Mr David Adamson on behalf of School of Economics