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Special Issue "Selected Papers on Sustainable Water Resources Management from the 2017 International SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) Conference"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan

Spatial Science Laboratory, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Interests: SWAT development; agriculture; watershed modeling; climate change; land use change; irrigation; best management practices; sustainable water and land management
Guest Editor
Dr. Yihun Taddele Dile

Spatial Sciences Laboratory in the Department of Ecosystem Sciences and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77845, USA
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Interests: agriculture; watershed modeling; climate change; land use change; irrigation; best management practices; sustainable water and land management; resilience
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shashidhar Thatikonda

Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Sangareddy, India
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Interests: bioremediation; contaminant transport modeling; environmental hydraulics; hydrology; hydro-climatology; remote sensing and GIS applications; waste water treatment; solid and hazardous waste management
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tasuku Kato

Department of Ecoregion Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo 183-8538, Japan
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Interests: agriculture; water quality; irrigation and drainage; watershed management; simulation model

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is an international multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal on environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human lifestyles. The journal provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development. Watershed modeling has been used as key tool in assessing the sustainability of water and land resource management. Findings from the modeling studies played a significant role in the decision-making process for a sustainable planet.

The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is one of the best biophysical modeling tools. It has the capability of simulating hydrology, soil erosion, pollutant transport, and crop growth. SWAT can predict the impact of land use/land cover, land management and climate changes on different biophysical processes. SWAT enables various scenario analyses, which are useful to explore sustainable water and land management strategies.

There were three international SWAT conferences in India, Malaysia, and Poland, where critical sustainability issues were discussed. Sustainability is planning to publish a Special Issue based on papers presented in these conferences. We are inviting papers that have a high quality and align with the scope of the journal for submission. Papers outside of the conference will also be accepted for submission. The scope of the Special Issue may include:

  • Sustainable water and resources management for building social-ecological resilience,
  • Impact of land use/land cover change and climate change,
  • Improving modeling approaches for sustainable water and land management,
  • Balancing economics and nature, and
  • Integrated water management through green-blue water paradigm.

Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer-review process while thriving for fast dissemination of research findings, developments and applications.

Prof. Dr. Raghavan Srinivasan
Dr. Yihun Taddele Dile
Prof. Dr. Shashidhar Thatikonda
Prof. Dr. Tasuku Kato
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • environmental sustainability
  • ecosystem services
  • hydrology
  • water management
  • best management practices
  • land use/land cover change
  • climate change
  • resilience

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Optimisation of Multipurpose Reservoir Operation by Coupling Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and Genetic Algorithm for Optimal Operating Policy (Case Study: Ganga River Basin)
Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1660; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051660
Received: 2 April 2018 / Revised: 9 May 2018 / Accepted: 9 May 2018 / Published: 21 May 2018
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Reservoirs are recognized as one of the most efficient infrastructure components in integrated water resources management. At present, with the ongoing advancement of social economy and requirement of water, the water resources shortage problem has worsened, and the operation of reservoirs, in terms
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Reservoirs are recognized as one of the most efficient infrastructure components in integrated water resources management. At present, with the ongoing advancement of social economy and requirement of water, the water resources shortage problem has worsened, and the operation of reservoirs, in terms of consumption of flood water, has become significantly important. To achieve optimal reservoirs operating policies, a considerable amount of optimization and simulation models have been introduced in the course of recent years. Subsequently, the assessment and estimation that is associated with the operation of reservoir stays conventional. In the present study, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) models and a Genetic Algorithm model has been employed to two reservoirs in Ganga River basin, India in order to obtain the optimal reservoir operational policies. The objective function has been added to reduce the yearly sum of squared deviation from preferred storage capacity and required release for the irrigation purpose. The rule curves that were estimated via random search have been discovered to be consistent with that of demand requests. Thus, in the present case study, on the basis of the generated result, it has been concluded that GA-derived optimal reservoir operation rules are competitive and promising, and can be efficiently used for the derivation of operation of the reservoir. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Diagnosis and Treatment of the SWAT Hydrological Response Using the Budyko Framework
Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1373; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051373
Received: 31 March 2018 / Revised: 21 April 2018 / Accepted: 25 April 2018 / Published: 28 April 2018
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The hydrologic response of a river basin pertains to how precipitation is partitioned into streamflow, evapotranspiration, and infiltration. The reliability of all these components is essential for the sustainable use of water resources. This paper seeks to understand if the prediction of the
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The hydrologic response of a river basin pertains to how precipitation is partitioned into streamflow, evapotranspiration, and infiltration. The reliability of all these components is essential for the sustainable use of water resources. This paper seeks to understand if the prediction of the main components of the water balance from the SWAT model can be controlled and interpreted by a simple Darwinian approach: the Budyko framework. The Danube Basin was selected to assess the SWAT model green (evapotranspiration) and blue water fluxes (water yield or water that runs off the landscape into rivers) in a diagnostic approach based on two mono-parametric Budyko curve-type equations. This analysis was conducted comparing the evaporative index (EI) and the base flow index (BFI) predicted by Budyko’s equations based on observed data from 418 gauging stations with those simulated by SWAT. The study demonstrated that SWAT evapotranspiration estimations were in good agreement with those of the Budyko curves, whereas SWAT baseflow underestimated the Inn and Austrian Danube regions. The analysis of the Budyko equations in each water management region of the Danube provided a pioneering understanding of the relationship between EI and BFI in the study area, leading to an improvement of the hydrological simulations and providing a more reliable water balance in each water management region. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Calibration of a Field-Scale Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Model with Field Placement of Best Management Practices in Alger Creek, Michigan
Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 851; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030851
Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 13 March 2018 / Accepted: 15 March 2018 / Published: 16 March 2018
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Subwatersheds within the Great Lakes “Priority Watersheds” were targeted by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to determine the effectiveness of the various best management practices (BMPs) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service National Conservation Planning (NCP) Database. A Soil
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Subwatersheds within the Great Lakes “Priority Watersheds” were targeted by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to determine the effectiveness of the various best management practices (BMPs) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service National Conservation Planning (NCP) Database. A Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model is created for Alger Creek, a 50 km2 tributary watershed to the Saginaw River in Michigan. Monthly calibration yielded very good Nash–Sutcliffe efficiency (NSE) ratings for flow, sediment, total phosphorus (TP), dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP), and total nitrogen (TN) (0.90, 0.79, 0.87, 0.88, and 0.77, respectively), and satisfactory NSE rating for nitrate (0.51). Two-year validation results in at least satisfactory NSE ratings for flow, sediment, TP, DRP, and TN (0.83, 0.54, 0.73, 0.53, and 0.60, respectively), and unsatisfactory NSE rating for nitrate (0.28). The model estimates the effect of BMPs at the field and watershed scales. At the field-scale, the most effective single practice at reducing sediment, TP, and DRP is no-tillage followed by cover crops (CC); CC are the most effective single practice at reducing nitrate. The most effective BMP combinations include filter strips, which can have a sizable effect on reducing sediment and phosphorus loads. At the watershed scale, model results indicate current NCP BMPs result in minimal sediment and nutrient reductions (<10%). Full article
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