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Twenty-Five Years of Hydroinformatics

by 1,2,3,4,* and 5,6
UNESCO-IHE, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 73, 11000 Beograd, Serbia
School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, 12120 Pathumthani, Thailand
Knowledge Engineering BVBA, Avenue François Folie 28 bte. 28, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
European Institute for Industrial Leadership (EIIL), Ave Roger Vandendriessche 18, 1150 Brussels, Belgium
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Arjen Y. Hoekstra
Water 2017, 9(1), 59;
Received: 28 November 2016 / Revised: 9 January 2017 / Accepted: 12 January 2017 / Published: 18 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydroinformatics and Urban Water Systems)
Hydroinformatics emerged in 1991 when numerical modelling of water expanded its range from one that was restricted to the modelling of flows to a much wider ranging sociotechnical discipline that supports stakeholders in addressing their water-related problems. However, despite numerous advances in hydroinformatics, the current practical and research effort is still very much technocratic (or techno-centric) which in turn may restrict the potential of hydroinformatics in its scope and its reach. This Special Issue, through the compilation of thirteen papers, illustrates some of the developments and applications in the field of hydroinformatics and marks the twenty-five years of its existence. We hope that this will help to further raise the awareness of the subject and its developments and applications. In the Editorial of this Special Issue, we briefly discuss the origin of hydroinformatics and we introduce the papers that are featuring in this Special Issue. We also give a way forward for future research and application. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydroinformatics; numerical modelling; computational hydraulics; data collection and processing; sociotechnology; stakeholders; holistic planning hydroinformatics; numerical modelling; computational hydraulics; data collection and processing; sociotechnology; stakeholders; holistic planning
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