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Muddy Waters: Refining the Way forward for the “Sustainability Science” of Socio-Hydrogeology

Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI), Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin 7, Ireland
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
School of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Department of Public Health Science, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L3N6, Canada
School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland
Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
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Water 2018, 10(9), 1111;
Received: 12 July 2018 / Revised: 10 August 2018 / Accepted: 17 August 2018 / Published: 21 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10th Anniversary of Water)
The trouble with groundwater is that despite its critical importance to global water supplies, it frequently attracts insufficient management attention relative to more visible surface water sources, irrespective of regional climate, socioeconomic profile, and regulatory environment. To this end, the recently defined sub-discipline of “socio-hydrogeology”, an extension of socio-hydrology, seeks to translate and exchange knowledge with and between non-expert end-users, in addition to involving non-expert opinion and experience in hydrogeological investigations, thus emphasising a “bottom-up” methodology. It is widely acknowledged that issues pertaining to groundwater quality, groundwater quantity, climate change, and a poor general awareness and understanding of groundwater occurrence and movement are global in their scope. Moreover, while effective communication and engagement represent the key tenet of socio-hydrogeology, the authors consider that multiple actors should be identified and incorporated using stakeholder network analysis and may include policymakers, media and communications experts, mobile technology developers, and social scientists, to appropriately convey demographically focused bi-directional information, with the hydrogeological community representing the communication keystone. Accordingly, this article aims to highlight past and current work, elucidate key areas of development within socio-hydrogeology, and offer recommendations to ensure global efficacy of this increasingly important and growing field going forward. The authors seek to assist in protecting our global groundwater resource for future generations via an improved framework for understanding the interaction between communities and hydrogeological systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: socio-hydrogeology; groundwater management; communication; engagement; socio-economic aspects socio-hydrogeology; groundwater management; communication; engagement; socio-economic aspects
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Hynds, P.; Regan, S.; Andrade, L.; Mooney, S.; O’Malley, K.; DiPelino, S.; O’Dwyer, J. Muddy Waters: Refining the Way forward for the “Sustainability Science” of Socio-Hydrogeology. Water 2018, 10, 1111.

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Hynds P, Regan S, Andrade L, Mooney S, O’Malley K, DiPelino S, O’Dwyer J. Muddy Waters: Refining the Way forward for the “Sustainability Science” of Socio-Hydrogeology. Water. 2018; 10(9):1111.

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Hynds, Paul; Regan, Shane; Andrade, Luisa; Mooney, Simon; O’Malley, Kevin; DiPelino, Stephanie; O’Dwyer, Jean. 2018. "Muddy Waters: Refining the Way forward for the “Sustainability Science” of Socio-Hydrogeology" Water 10, no. 9: 1111.

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