Special Issue "Water Resources in a Variable and Changing Climate"


A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (13 June 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Simon Beecham
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, South Australia 5001, Australia
Website: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Simon.Beecham
E-Mail: Simon.Beecham@unisa.edu.au
Interests: water sensitive urban design (wsud); climate change impacts on water systems; siphonic roofwater harvesting

Guest Editor
Dr. Julia Piantadosi
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, University of South Australia, South Australia 5001, Australia
Website: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Julia.Piantadosi
E-Mail: Julia.Piantadosi@unisa.edu.au
Interests: stochastic applied optimal control in the area of water management; decision making under uncertainty and environmental applications; climate change impacts on water resources; multi-dimensional copulas of maximum entropy and application to stochastic rainfall models

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleaugues,

Climate change will bring about significant changes to the capacity of, and the demand on, water resources. The resulting changes include increasing climate variability that is expected to affect hydrologic conditions. The effects of climate variability on various meteorological variables have been extensively observed in many regions around the world. Of these, rainfall is one of the most important variables. Understanding the effects of climate variability on spatial and temporal rainfall characteristics is of special interest to water resource policy makers. Investigating rainfall variability at the regional scale is essential for understanding potential impacts on humans and the natural environment. Atmospheric circulation, topography, land use and other regional features modify global changes to produce unique patterns of change at the regional scale. As the future changes to these water resources cannot be measured in the present, hydrological models are critical in the planning required to adapt our water resource management strategies to future climate conditions. Such models include catchment runoff models, reservoir management models, flood prediction models, groundwater recharge and flow models, and crop water balance models. In water-scarce regions such as Australia, urban water systems are particularly vulnerable to rapid population growth and climate change. In the presence of climate change induced uncertainty, urban water systems need to be more resilient and multi-sourced. Decreasing volumetric rainfall trends have an effect on reservoir yield and operation practices. Severe intensity rainfall events can cause failure of drainage system capacity and subsequent urban flood inundation problems. Policy makers, end users and leading researchers need to work together to develop a consistent approach to interpreting the effects of climate variability and change on water resources.

Prof. Dr. Simon Beecham
Dr. Julia Piantadosi
Guest Editors


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  • water resources management
  • uncertainty
  • meteorological variables
  • hydrological models
  • climate models

Published Papers (6 papers)

by  and
Water 2014, 6(2), 324-344; doi:10.3390/w6020324
Received: 28 October 2013; in revised form: 23 December 2013 / Accepted: 22 January 2014 / Published: 28 January 2014
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Water 2014, 6(6), 1482-1499; doi:10.3390/w6061482
Received: 26 February 2014; in revised form: 16 May 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 28 May 2014
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Water 2014, 6(6), 1745-1770; doi:10.3390/w6061745
Received: 27 October 2013; in revised form: 7 May 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2014 / Published: 16 June 2014
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Water 2014, 6(7), 2127-2143; doi:10.3390/w6072127
Received: 7 March 2014; in revised form: 9 July 2014 / Accepted: 14 July 2014 / Published: 23 July 2014
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Water 2014, 6(8), 2278-2299; doi:10.3390/w6082278
Received: 31 March 2014; in revised form: 10 July 2014 / Accepted: 18 July 2014 / Published: 7 August 2014
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Water 2014, 6(8), 2339-2352; doi:10.3390/w6082339
Received: 29 May 2014; in revised form: 23 July 2014 / Accepted: 25 July 2014 / Published: 7 August 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Futuragua: a research agenda for improving freshwater security in a dry tropical case study
Authors: Timothy McDaniels1, Douw Steyn and Raffaele Vignola, et al.
Affiliations: 1 School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of British Columbia
Abstract: How should researchers attempt to inform decision processes to address adaptation to drought in arid regions of the developing world? This paper provides a research agenda with a conceptual and methodological design to foster improved freshwater security and resilience to drought, exacerbated by climate change. It addresses a meso-scale case study in the dry northwestern part of Costa Rica, Nicoya and Guanacaste. Improving freshwater security requires advances in conceptual knowledge and analytical methods, new scientific insights, and improved understanding of human and institutional responses to uncertain information. These advances are crucial to provide the basis for (i) better understanding of resilience to drought in dynamic social-ecological systems (SES), (ii) enhancing the value of uncertain information, and (iii) spurring resilient societal responses to drought, within multi-scale governance systems. A comprehensive research design require linkages from climate and weather scientists, to specialists in hydrology, consumption patterns and allocation, to human and ecosystem uses, to institutions and governance, to judgments and behavior of individuals. The overall framework is designed to improve the basis and processes for structured decision processes by regional stakeholders, including community members, governance agencies, and other interested parties.

Last update: 3 June 2014

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