David Katz

David Katz
University of Haifa | haifa · Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

PhD

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12 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
October 2011 - present
University of Haifa
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2009 - October 2011
Tel Aviv University
Position
  • Adjunct Lecturer
Description
  • Adjunct Lecturer and Director of the Akirov Institute for Business and the Environment

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Publications (41)
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This article demonstrates how the availability of seawater desalination is important, not just as an additional source of water supply on a national scale, but as a potential 'game changer' in transboundary hydro-political interactions. The advent of desalination can change the nature of relations from a zero-sum game based on resource capture to a...
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Predictions of inevitable and imminent wars over scarce water are routinely made by prominent political figures, academics, journalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These statements continue to occur despite both a questionable theoretical foundation and little empirical evidence to support them. This study demonstrates that several...
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Much of the literature on the political ramifications of desalination has emphasized its potential to mitigate transboundary water conflicts by increasing the quantity of available water (thereby alleviating scarcity), and also by reducing variability and uncertainty regarding the timing, location, and quality of water supplies. Of less focus has b...
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This article presents a nongovernmental initiative to address asymmetric hydropolitical relations in the Jordan River basin through issue linkage. The initiative would develop desalination capacity along the Mediterranean to supply water to Jordan, with Jordan generating and distributing solar energy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Such a...
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Over the last decade, utilities, governments, and businesses have increasingly come to realize that financial considerations are not the only factors driving consumer behavior; rather, social and psychological factors play a significant role as well. For example, water demand management strategies rely on customers understanding how to reduce their...
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This article, in Hebrew, assesses the impact of Israel's traffic reimbursement policies on vehicle ownership and driving patterns among public servants in Israel.
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The Levant area of the Middle East suffers from both chronic water scarcity and high population growth. It is also a region highly dependent of fossil fuels. In order to address current and expected water demands, several countries in the region, including Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA), are depending increasingly on desalination...
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Annual and seasonal water variability is predicted to intensify due to climate change. River basins lacking institutional capacity, such as treaties, to deal with environmental change may experience political tensions. Using the 1948–2008 country dyads event data from the Basins at Risk project, this paper investigates whether basins governed by tr...
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The current work focuses on non-price policies to achieve residential water conservation, specifically on water conservation campaigns. The authors report the results of a large-scale longitudinal field experiment encouraging residential water conservation among 1500 households. The effectiveness of two commonly-used message phrasings is compared:...
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The Jordan River, one of the world’s most famous, has been reduced to a little more than a drainage ditch after years of neglect. However, given its rich heritage and environmental importance, rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River (LJR) brings with it the potential for significant cultural, ecological, and economic benefits. This regional benefi...
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Most water managers use a mixture of both supply-side and demand-side policies, seeking to capitalize on the relative advantages of each. However, supply augmentation undertaken to avoid overdrafts can reduce the effectiveness of demand management policies if the two strategies are not carefully integrated. Such a result can stem from a type of mor...
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Predictions of national and global water use have been criticized for being inaccurate and for not taking into consideration economic development. Of the little research that does address water use as a function of economic development, results are inconsistent, but much claims to find clear evidence of an Environmental Kuznets Curves (EKC) or "inv...
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The Jordan River is among the world’s most famous and culturally and historically significant waterways. The lower stretch of the river, however, has been a victim of development in a water scarce region, with current flows less than 5 % of historical levels. Furthermore, as it functions as an international border in a region of conflict, access to...
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The literature on environmental security often stresses the complementarity between sustainability and broader security goals. Less emphasis has been placed on possible tradeoffs between security objectives and aspects of sustainability. This study examines the conditions under which these synergies and tradeoffs are likely to occur, and how the tr...
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The effect of uncertainty on cooperation between the partners sharing the natural resources remains unknown. Uncertainty may strengthen cooperation between partners, as it is necessary to implement cooperative mitigation policies, however, it may also serve as a cause of friction between parties, as it may aggravate existing trust issues or power a...
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Facing chronic water scarcity, Israel has invested heavily in supply augmentation, including cloud seeding, reclamation and reuse of wastewater, and more recently large-scale seawater desalination. Given the physical and technological limitations as well as the economic costs of supply augmentation, Israel has also pursued a wide array of demand ma...
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By the 1960s, the intermittent streams in Israel, emptying either into the Mediterranean or into the Dead Sea in the east, became perennial sewage con-duits, with the local aquatic habitat decimated or changed beyond recognition. The natural flow of water that had once offered a seasonal pulse to these ephemeral wadis was typically tapped for agric...
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The premise of discourse theory in environmental policy is that realities are shaped by language. One discourse that is gaining popularity is the concept of environmental security, a discourse that presupposes environmental threats as urgent. The attempt to cast environmental issues as security issues has resulted in the common use of security jarg...
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Legal scholars and jurists have identified several criteria (e. g., hydrology, climate, population, and historical water use) to guide equitable allocation of transboundary rivers among riparian claimants. Are these criteria used in practice, such that a quantitative pattern emerges from actual water-sharing agreements regarding factors affecting a...
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The establishment of international environmental institutions is often predicated on the assumption that cooperation is politically feasible and that regime formation is viable. However, the provision of many environmental services remains vulnerable to asymmetries in interests that impede both cooperation and adaptation. We examine governance stru...
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Water issues are inherently multi-faceted and therefore water policy often involves linkages to other issues. By providing opportunities for bargaining, use of policy linkages in transboundary water negotiations can increase the possibilities of reaching agreements; however, they also involve potential political costs. While there is ample theoreti...
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Costs for seawater desalination have dropped significantly over the past decade due to technological ad-vances. This has increased the attractiveness of desalination to policy-makers as a means to address water supply shortages. Israel, a country that faces chronic water scarcity, is in the process of developing wide-scale desalination capacity tha...
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The level of the Dead Sea has been dropping rapidly over the last decades as a result of diversion of waters from upstream The level of the Dead Sea has been dropping rapidly over the last decades as a result of diversion of waters from upstream tributaries and intensive mineral extraction along its shores.This has led to a wide range of environmen...
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Predictions and warnings of inevitable and imminent wars over scarce water are increasingly common. These statements continue to be made despite relatively weak empirical evidence to support them. This study presents the sets of incentives to stress and even exaggerate the probability of war over water facing five sets of actors: policy-makers, aca...
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This dissertation is composed of three separate studies, each of which addresses issues in water policy and economics. While the focus of these studies is water, the methods and results are relevant to environmental and natural resource policy in general. The first study investigates how patterns of water withdrawals and water use correlate with...
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As a result of diversion of upstream waters and intensive mineral extraction along its shores, the level of the Dead Sea is dropping at a rate of almost one meter per year, causing the sea continuously to break its own record as the lowest place on earth. The loss of the sea and the accompanying ecological and cultural damage in the basin has tradi...

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