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Socio-Hydrology: A New Understanding to Unite or a New Science to Divide?

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Department of Political Science and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Water 2020, 12(7), 1941; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071941
Received: 3 June 2020 / Revised: 29 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 July 2020 / Published: 8 July 2020
The socio-hydrology community has been very successful in promoting the need for taking the human factor into account in the mainstream hydrology literature since 2012. However, the interest in studying and modeling human-water systems is not new and pre-existed the post-2012 socio-hydrology. So, it is critical to ask what socio-hydrology has been able to offer that would have been unachievable using the existing methods, tools, and analysis frameworks. Thus far, the socio-hydrology studies show a strong overlap with what has already been in the literature, especially in the water resources systems and coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) areas. Nevertheless, the work in these areas has been generally dismissed by the socio-hydrology literature. This paper overviews some of the general concerns about originality, practicality, and contributions of socio-hydrology. It is argued that while in theory, a common sense about the need for considering humans as an integral component of water resources systems models can strengthen our coupled human-water systems research, the current approaches and trends in socio-hydrology can make this interest area less inclusive and interdisciplinary. View Full-Text
Keywords: socio-hydrology; hydro-sociology; human-water systems; human-nature systems; water resources systems; social-ecological systems; CHANS; SES; socio-hydrologic modeling; integrated water resources management; IWRM; water resources management; hydrology socio-hydrology; hydro-sociology; human-water systems; human-nature systems; water resources systems; social-ecological systems; CHANS; SES; socio-hydrologic modeling; integrated water resources management; IWRM; water resources management; hydrology
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Madani, K.; Shafiee-Jood, M. Socio-Hydrology: A New Understanding to Unite or a New Science to Divide? Water 2020, 12, 1941. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071941

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Madani, Kaveh, and Majid Shafiee-Jood. 2020. "Socio-Hydrology: A New Understanding to Unite or a New Science to Divide?" Water 12, no. 7: 1941. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071941

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