Special Issue "Consideration of Ecosystem Services and Function for Sustainable Water Use"
A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016).
Interests: ecological hydrology monitoring and modeling in drainage basin; global change- land use modeling; landscape ecology; system dynamic modeling of wetlands; spatial analysis and modeling; blockchain; spatial dynamic modeling
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Interests: soil-water physics; modeling multiphase flow and transport in deformable porous media; saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers; remediation of groundwater aquifers and enhanced oil recovery; poro-mechanics in fluid-containing porous media; mechanical interaction connecting geophysics to subsurface hydrology; soil erosion and conservation flood hydrology
Interests: water resources management; landscape ecology in land-use management and planning; ecohydrology; ecosystem services
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Ecosystem services (ESs), as defined by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) initiative of the United Nations in 2005, are all ecosystem derived human benefits, such as carbon storage, recreation, water supply, soil retention, water regulation, and soil accumulation services. Due to the strong influence of human-to-ecosystems interactions on the sustainability of ESs, the MA initiative defined humans as a component of natural systems, and furthermore recommended more research in this area. It was noted that a fully understanding of the hydrological components and processes, and the entire ecosystem is essential in maintaining hydrological services strength. In order to meet this goal, the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach was drafted by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UNDESA) in 2007. At its core, the IWRM supports the coordination and development of water, and land related resource management methods, strategies, and approaches, and finally to find balanced solutions, which maximize economic and social benefits as well as considering the long term integrity of ESs. In terms of efficiency, equity, and sustainability, the IWRM is a global recognized approach. A report conducted in 2011 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-DHI) and International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) found that by including ESs into the IWRM structure, a greater range of long-term benefits—socially, economically, and environmentally—would result. The report has prompted a great deal of research in recent years, extending the theory behind and applicability of both ES and IWRM concepts. The proposed Special Issue of the symposium will showcase recent studies in the field of ecosystem IWRM approaches, with the goal of increasing research and investment into IWRM process investigation.
Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
Dr. Dirk Schmeller
Dr. Wei-Cheng Lo
Dr. Wan-Yu Lien
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- integrated water resources management and ecosystem services
- connections and interactions among ecosystem services and water resources management
- sustainability of water uses and ecosystem services
- consideration of hydrological services in water resources management
- models and analytical tools for water management and ecosystem services
- decision support systems for sustainable use of water and ecosystem services