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Deng M.,CAS Lanzhou Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute | Zhang H.,China Meteorological Administration | Mao W.,Xinjiang Climate Center | Wang Y.,Yunnan Provincial Meteorological Bureau
Advances in Climate Change Research | Year: 2011

This study focuses on the characters of public perceptions on climate and cryosphere change, which are based on a questionnaire survey in the Ürümqi River Basin. In comparison with scientific observation results of climate and cryosphere change, this paper analyzes the possible impact of the change on water resources and agriculture production in the area. Perceptions of most respondents on climate and cryosphere changes confirm the main objective facts. For the selection of adaptation measures addressing the shortage of water resource, the results are as follows: most people preferred to choose the measures like "policy change" and "basic facility construction" which are mostly implemented by the government and the policy-making department; some people showed more preference to the measures of avoiding unfavorable natural environment, such as finding job in or migrating to other places. The urgency of personal participation in the adaptation measures is still inadequate. Some adaptation measures should be implemented in line with local conditions and require the organic combination of "resource-development" with "water-saving".

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