Water Policy and Extreme Climate Events

Principal Investigator - Dr. Ted Horbulyk, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, 2012-2015


Research team hosted a key end-user oriented workshop to mobilize research efforts:

  • The principal investigator was a member of the organizing committee and an invited participant for the workshop organized by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to target participants’ approaches to climate adaptation planning.  "Strengthening Economic Security of Irrigated Agriculture in the Oldman Basin in the Context of Climate Extremes and Climate Variability." (November 6, 2013) Lethbridge. 

Additionally, this research has been disseminated through several presentations:

  • “Policy Preparation for Drought in the South Saskatchewan River Basin of Alberta,” Canadian Water Resources Association 2015: 68th National CWRA Conference, “More Extremes? Preparing for future challenges to Canada’s water resources,” Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 2-4, 2015.
  • “Investments in Resiliency: Calgary's Preparation for Climate Extremes in the Wake of the Great Flood of 2013,” American Water Resources Association 2015 Spring Specialty Conference: Water for Urban Areas - Managing Risks and Building Resiliency, Los Angeles, California, March 30-April 1, 2015.


Outcomes include:

  • Changes in policy. The intended or anticpated outcomes include a greater understanding of relative costs and benefits of actions to be taken with respect to climate extremes.  Some of these will occur in the short term (increased knowledge, changes in attitudes), and others will occur in the medium term (changes in practice or policy, informing investment decisions).  Medium-term outcomes will have diverse and enduring effects that could include cost savings and impacts on the environment and the economy (long-term outcomes). For example, a greater realization of the potential role of flood zoning and voluntary-versus-mandatory flood insurance can result in a reassessment of more costly investments in physical infrastructure.