Tourism and Recreation

Fredrich Kahrl and David Roland-Holst

in Climate Change in California

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271814
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953802 | DOI:
Tourism and Recreation

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At lower levels of warming, climate change could have both positive and negative impacts on California's tourism and recreation industry. Some summer activities (e.g., golf) could see benefits, while winter sports (e.g., skiing) could see severe negative impacts. Even within activities (e.g., beachgoing) the impacts could be very uneven, with some beaches gaining traffic and others losing. This inequality of impacts, as well asthe dependence of many communities in California on tourism, raises important questions about what level of resources the state should invest to protect the current tourism industry (e.g., beach nourishment) versus allowing communities and businesses to adapt on their own to changing natural conditions. As the book emphasizes repeatedly, public and private burden sharing will be a critical dimension of adaptation strategies.

Keywords: climatechange; California; tourism; outdoor recreation; winter sports; beaches; adaptation; economics

Chapter.  2497 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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