Special Issue "Advances and Challenges in the Sustainable Water Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Mariusz Sojka
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Institute of Land Improvement, Environmental Development and Geodesy, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Spatial Management, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Piątkowska 94, 60-649 Poznań, Poland
Interests: GIS; remote sensing; climate change; multivariate statistical analysis; lake and river water temperature changes; agricultural water management; water chemistry; bottom sediments geochemistry
Dr. Dariusz Młyński
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Guest Editor
Department of Sanitary Engineering and Water Management, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Mickiewicza St. 24/28, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Interests: athematical modelling in hydrology and meteorology, application of GIS techniques in hydrology and water management, flood, drought, climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water is the most important environmental resource for life, ecosystem services, and social and economic development. In recent years, in many regions of the world, access to water has been increasingly restricted. The main factor affecting water resources is human activity, which leads to a change in the natural water cycle through land use and land cover modification and construction of dams and weirs. Overconsumption and pollution of surface and groundwater resources contribute to a reduction of available water resources. In addition, periodic droughts, floods, and the projected impact of climate change on water resources make access to water increasingly limited and uncertain. At present, new methods for water management are searched for, and the currently used methods are optimized in all economic sectors in order to make efficient use of available water resources. It is preferred to close water cycles or to recycle water using highly efficient waste treatment technologies. Sustainable water management, which is crucial for the protection of water resources and reasonable use of water, should take into account the requirements of ecosystems. Therefore, strategies of water resource management and planning aspects are very important to solve the water problem around the world. This Special Issue would explore cross-disciplinary approaches, methodologies, and applications helping sustainable water resource management. This Special Issue invites researchers in environment protection, environmental engineering, civil engineering, spatial planning, geography, and other disciplines and cross-disciplinary fields. The coverage extends to these closely related topics:

  • Sustainable water management strategies, solutions, and techniques in urban, industry, agriculture, and forestry;
  • Climate change impact and mitigation–adaptation strategies in water management;
  • Sociohydrology as a tool for helping sustainable water management;
  • Challenges of spatial management and planning in the context of sustainable water management;
  • Quantity and quality of water resources;
  • Role of environmental flow and ecohydrology for sustainable water management;
  • Mitigation of the effects of drought and flood;
  • Application of remote sensing and geographical information systems in water management;
  • Environmental, economic, and social aspects of water demand and use;
  • Modern technologies in water management;
  • River training close to nature;
  • Administration and maintenance of water resource systems;
  • Modeling of water resource and management systems.

Prof. Mariusz Sojka
Dr. Dariusz Młyński
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Water demand
  • Sustainable water management
  • Climate change
  • Drought and flood
  • Environmental flows
  • Water policy
  • Water technologies and techniques

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Open AccessArticle
Improvement of Credal Decision Trees Using Ensemble Frameworks for Groundwater Potential Modeling
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2622; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072622 (registering DOI) - 26 Mar 2020
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Groundwater is one of the most important sources of fresh water all over the world, especially in those countries where rainfall is erratic, such as Vietnam. Nowadays, machine learning (ML) models are being used for the assessment of groundwater potential of the region. [...] Read more.
Groundwater is one of the most important sources of fresh water all over the world, especially in those countries where rainfall is erratic, such as Vietnam. Nowadays, machine learning (ML) models are being used for the assessment of groundwater potential of the region. Credal decision trees (CDT) is one of the ML models which has been used in such studies. In the present study, the performance of the CDT has been improved using various ensemble frameworks such as Bagging, Dagging, Decorate, Multiboost, and Random SubSpace. Based on these methods, five hybrid models, namely BCDT, Dagging-CDT, Decorate-CDT, MBCDT, and RSSCDT, were developed and applied for groundwater potential mapping of DakLak province of Vietnam. Data of 227 groundwater wells of the study area were utilized for the construction and validation of the models. Twelve groundwater potential conditioning factors, namely rainfall, slope, elevation, river density, Sediment Transport Index (STI), curvature, flow direction, aspect, soil, land use, Topographic Wetness Index (TWI), and geology, were considered for the model studies. Various statistical measures, including area under receiver operating characteristic (AUC) curve, were applied to validate and compare the performance of the models. The results show that performance of the hybrid CDT ensemble models MBCDT (AUC = 0.770), BCDT (AUC = 0.731), Dagging-CDT (AUC = 0.763), Decorate-CDT (AUC = 0.750), and RSSCDT (AUC = 0.766) improved significantly in comparison to the single CDT (AUC = 0.722) model. Therefore, these developed hybrid models can be applied for better ground water potential mapping and groundwater resources management of the study area as well as other regions of the world. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances and Challenges in the Sustainable Water Management)
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Possibilities of Controlling the River Outlets by Weirs on the Example of Noteć Bystra River
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2369; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062369 - 18 Mar 2020
Abstract
The possibility of effective control of selected dams in the Noteć Bystra river is analyzed. Such a control is expected to permit inundation of selected arable areas, e.g., peat grasslands, to avoid flooding of the city of Czarnków and the terrains located downstream. [...] Read more.
The possibility of effective control of selected dams in the Noteć Bystra river is analyzed. Such a control is expected to permit inundation of selected arable areas, e.g., peat grasslands, to avoid flooding of the city of Czarnków and the terrains located downstream. The chosen case study is the reach of the Noteć River between the dams Pianowka–Mikolajewo–Rosko. The analysis was made on the basis of simulations of the flow and regulation of dams in flood conditions. The flow peaks of hypothetical flood waves were designed according to the directions of the ISOK project (Informatyczny System Osłony Kraju przed nadzwyczajnymi zagrożeniami—IT System of the Country’s Protection Against Extreme Hazards) as the maximum flows over 10-years (p = 10%), 100-years (p = 1%), and 500-years (p = 0.2%). The obtained results are presented as longitudinal profiles of the water surface, maps of inundated areas and maps of inundated soils. The main conclusion is that the robust control of dams reduces the peak of flow during flood wave propagation and forces inundation of the a priori selected areas. It helps to decrease the spatial range of the flood hazard and significantly reduces risk related to floods. Full article
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