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Special Issue "Water Resources and Green Growth"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Huimin Wang

State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
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Interests: management science and system engineering; supply chain and optimal control; economic system analysis; quantitative economics theory and method; water resources system operations and management
Guest Editor

Past President, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J6, CanadaDepartment of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2, Canada
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Interests: modeling & simulation; societal & environmental systems; compliance to environmental laws and regulations; conflict resolution; environmental impact assessment; multiple criteria decision making; random processes in the environment; resource allocation; environmental systems management; time series modelling; water
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Liping Fang, FCAE, FIEEE, FEIC, FCSME

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria StreetToronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
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Interests: industrial engineering; systems engineering; engineering management; multiple participant-multiple objective decision making; risk analysis; decision analysis; reliability engineering; and decision support systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kevin W. Li

Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4, Canada
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Interests: logistics and supply chain management; conflict resolution; multicriteria decision analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A significant proportion of the world population faces fresh water shortages to various degrees. It has become a pressing issue around the globe to utilize water resources in a sustainable manner to achieve green growth of the economy and society. As one of the most fundamental and indispensable resources on this planet, water plays an important role in the provision of various products and services to human society. In fact, human needs can be satisfied without sacrificing the long-term availability of water resources, as long as water is utilized efficiently and managed responsibly. This Special Issue aims to address these challenges from a host of angles surrounding water resources and the environment. We welcome theoretical and applied contributions to the general theme of water resources and green growth. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources
  • Conflict Resolution and Decision-Making
  • Coupled Socio-Economic and Biophysical Modeling
  • Low-Carbon Economy Development
  • Resources and Environmental Green Development
  • Risk Management of Water-Related Disasters
  • Smart Water Services
  • Trade and Environmental Issues
  • Water Rights Management

Prof. Dr. Huimin Wang
Prof. Dr. Keith W. Hipel
Prof. Dr. Liping Fang
Prof. Dr. Kevin W. Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Simulation of Saline Water Irrigation for Seed Maize in Arid Northwest China Based on SWAP Model
Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4264; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164264
Received: 1 July 2019 / Revised: 1 August 2019 / Accepted: 5 August 2019 / Published: 7 August 2019
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Water resource shortages restrict the economic and societal development of China’s arid northwest. Drawing on groundwater resources for irrigation, field experiments growing seed maize (Zea mays L.) were conducted in 2013 and 2014 in the region’s Shiyang River Basin. The Soil–Water–Atmosphere–Plant (SWAP) [...] Read more.
Water resource shortages restrict the economic and societal development of China’s arid northwest. Drawing on groundwater resources for irrigation, field experiments growing seed maize (Zea mays L.) were conducted in 2013 and 2014 in the region’s Shiyang River Basin. The Soil–Water–Atmosphere–Plant (SWAP) model simulated soil water content, salinity, and water–salt transport, along with seed maize yield, in close agreement with measured values after calibration and validation. The model could accordingly serve to simulate different saline water irrigation scenarios for maize production in the study area. Waters with a salinity exceeding 6.0 mg/cm3 were not suitable for irrigation, whereas those between 3.0 and 5.0 mg/cm3 could be acceptable over a short period of time. Brackish water (0.71–2.0 mg/cm3) could be used with few restrictions. Long-term (five years) simulation of irrigation with saline water (3.0–5.0 mg/cm3) showed soil salinity to increase by over 9.5 mg/cm3 compared to initial levels, while seed maize yield declined by 25.0% compared with irrigation with brackish water (0.71 mg/cm3). An irrigation water salinity of 3.0–5.0 mg/cm3 was, therefore, not suitable for long-term irrigation in the study area. This study addressed significance issues related to saline water irrigation and serves as a guide for future agricultural production practices. Full article
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