Rising Temperatures and Dwindling Water Supplies? Perception of Climate Change Among Residents of the Spanish Mediterranean Tourist Coastal Areas

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Title: Rising Temperatures and Dwindling Water Supplies? Perception of Climate Change Among Residents of the Spanish Mediterranean Tourist Coastal Areas
Authors: March, Hug | Sauri, David | Olcina Cantos, Jorge
Research Group/s: Clima y Ordenación del Territorio | Grupo de Investigación en Historia y Clima
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Climate change | Perception | Water | Tourism | Mediterranean | Spain
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media New York
Citation: Environmental Management. 2014, 53(1): 181-193. doi:10.1007/s00267-013-0177-7
Abstract: In this article, we discuss the results of a survey on the perception of climate change in the 14 “tourist zones” (as defined by the Spanish Statistical Institute, INE) that stretch from the French border to Gibraltar alongside the Spanish Mediterranean coast, including the Balearic Islands. Our sample consisted of 1,014 telephone interviews stratified according to the number of tourists staying in each zone. Respondents showed concern for the likely impacts of climate change on jobs and thought that climate change would reduce the economic activity of their areas. Responses were also pessimistic regarding future water availability but agreed with the development of alternative sources such as desalination and water re-use. Household size, educational levels, and employment tended to be the most significant statistical explanatory factors regarding attitudes toward climate change. Respondents in larger households (a variable not tested in the literature as far as we know), respondents with higher education, and respondents working for a wage tended to express more concerns than the rest.
Sponsor: Financial support for this research was provided by the ESPON-Climate Project (European Union) and by the Spanish CICYT under grants CSO2009-12772-03-01, CSO2009-12772-03-03, and CSO2012-36997-C02-01. Currently, Hug March has a 3-year contract Juan de la Cierva (JCI-2011-10709), granted by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/37396
ISSN: 0364-152X (Print) | 1432-1009 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s00267-013-0177-7
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-013-0177-7
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