Water conservation decision-making by producers on the Ogallala Aquifer

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dc.contributor.author Carnes, Rebekah
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-24T17:45:25Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-24T17:45:25Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05-01
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2097/40350
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the roles of values, beliefs, and norms in water conservation decisions made by producers on the Ogallala Aquifer, in order to better understand the motivating factors that could lead toward environmental sustainability in this region of groundwater depletion. I focus on an over-arching question: how do farmers make decisions regarding water conservation? This question is broken into two specific sub-questions. First, how does culture affect decision-making? How do farmers’ beliefs, values, political ideologies, and education influence their concern for the environment, measured by the extent to which they elevate guiding principles such as “respecting the earth, harmony with other species, protecting the environment, preserving nature, unity with nature, and fitting in with nature”? Secondly, how does the climate, and potentially climate change, affect the attitudes that prompt and justify decisions? This research relies on data from the 2019 Ogallala Producer Survey, and Climate data from the USGS in corresponding counties, and examines these questions through a series of regression models. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Water conservation en_US
dc.subject Decision-making en_US
dc.subject Ogallala aquifer en_US
dc.subject Irrigation norms en_US
dc.subject Environmental values en_US
dc.subject Environmental beliefs en_US
dc.title Water conservation decision-making by producers on the Ogallala Aquifer en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Matthew R. Sanderson en_US
dc.date.published 2020 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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