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Coevolving Water Infrastructures for Adaptation to Climate Change in London
Abstract
London’s water infrastructure has coevolved over centuries and has been used as a model for water infrastructure systems in modern cities around the world. However it is a system that is stretched to limit as evidenced by the need to build a desalination plant in the Thames estuary in order to secure supplies of freshwater; and ongoing problems with sewerage overflows into aquatic environments. The system will only come under further strain in the future as the population of London increases; and climate change alters rainfall patterns. It is also a system that inherently degrades aquatic environments, preventing it from being sustainable. A methodology using an actor-network theory coevolutionary theoretical approach was used to understand how people would adapt their water infrastructures and practices in the extreme water conditions of excess and shortage. From this coevolution pathways were found to suggest how water infrastructure could be adapted for a future with climate change.
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