Special Issue "Watershed Modelling and Management for Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Georgia Destouni
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: hydrology; water resources; environmental change; climate change; Arctic change
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Dr. Zahra Kalantari
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: water-related disasters; hydrology; water resources; sustainable urban and rural development; hydroclimatic change; land use change
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Dr. Fernando Jaramillo
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: freshwater consumption; hydroclimatic change; water footprinting; wetland flow and connectivity; freshwater system; Budyko framework
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jerker Jarsjö
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: hydrology; water resources; substance transport; land use change; climate change
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Dr. Josefin Thorslund Eriksson
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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: hydrology; water quality; water scarcity; wetlands; nature-based solutions; global change
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Sustainability is hosting a Special Issue on “Watershed Modelling and Management for Sustainability”. This Special Issue aims at providing new insights and a coherent overview of modeling approaches and scientific advancements that can support sustainable resource management in watersheds (drainage basins) of various scales. Of particular interest are contributions on the following themes (though other relevant topics will also be considered) with regard to modelling and management approaches, assessments, and cases studies with local/regional/global, national/international, and/or single/multiple watershed/basin perspectives:

  • Water availability, quality, security, safety, extreme event, and/or other water-related sustainability risks and challenges;
  • Linked land- and water-use changes, drivers, impacts, feedbacks, and their sustainability implications;
  • Nexus of water, food, energy, and climate changes and development challenges towards sustainability;
  • Synergies and/or conflicts of water-related sustainable development goals;
  • Water-related links, interactions, and sustainability implications of coupled social-ecological systems dynamics;
  • Systems dynamics modelling and water-related management-solution pathways towards sustainability.

This Special Issue will benefit natural and social water and sustainability scientists, engineers, managers, and other stakeholders with watershed/drainage basin perspectives.

Prof. Georgia Destouni
Dr. Zahra Kalantari
Dr. Fernando Jaramillo
Dr. Jerker Jarsjö
Dr. Josefin Thorslund Eriksson
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Keywords

  • Sustainable development
  • Drainage basin
  • Watershed
  • Water resources management
  • Modelling
  • Hydroclimatic changes
  • Land use changes
  • Climate–land–energy–water nexus
  • Social-ecological systems

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Agent-Based Modelling of a Coupled Water Demand and Supply System at the Catchment Scale
Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 6178; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216178 - 05 Nov 2019
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Water is of uttermost importance for human well-being and a central resource in sustainable development. Many simulation models for sustainable water management, however, lack explanatory and predictive power because the two-way dynamic feedbacks between human and water systems are neglected. With Agent-based Modelling [...] Read more.
Water is of uttermost importance for human well-being and a central resource in sustainable development. Many simulation models for sustainable water management, however, lack explanatory and predictive power because the two-way dynamic feedbacks between human and water systems are neglected. With Agent-based Modelling of Resources (Aqua.MORE; here, of the resource water), we present a platform that can support understanding, interpretation and scenario development of resource flows in coupled human–water systems at the catchment scale. Aqua.MORE simulates the water resources in a demand and supply system, whereby water fluxes and socioeconomic actors are represented by individual agents that mutually interact and cause complex feedback loops. First, we describe the key steps for developing an agent-based model (ABM) of water demand and supply, using the platform Aqua.MORE. Second, we illustrate the modelling process by application in an idealized Alpine valley, characterized by touristic and agricultural water demand sectors. Here, the implementation and analysis of scenarios highlights the possibilities of Aqua.MORE (1) to easily deploy case study-specific agents and characterize them, (2) to evaluate feedbacks between water demand and supply and (3) to compare the effects of different agent behavior or water use strategies. Thereby, we corroborate the potential of Aqua.MORE as a decision-support tool for sustainable watershed management. Full article
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GIS-Based Site Selection for Check Dams in Watersheds: Considering Geomorphometric and Topo-Hydrological Factors
Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5639; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205639 - 13 Oct 2019
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Check dams are widely used watershed management measures for reducing flood peak discharge and sediment transport, and increasing lag time and groundwater recharge throughout the world. However, identifying the best suitable sites for check dams within the stream networks of various watersheds remains [...] Read more.
Check dams are widely used watershed management measures for reducing flood peak discharge and sediment transport, and increasing lag time and groundwater recharge throughout the world. However, identifying the best suitable sites for check dams within the stream networks of various watersheds remains challenging. This study aimed to develop an open-source software with user-friendly interface for screening the stream network possibilities and identifying and guiding the selection of suitable sites for check dams within watersheds. In this developed site selection software (SSS), multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) was integrated into geographic information systems (GIS), which allowed for numerous spatial data of the multiple criteria to be relatively simply and visually processed. Different geomorphometric and topo-hydrological factors were considered and accounted for to enhance the SSS identification of the best locations for check dams. The factors included topographic wetness index (TWI), terrain ruggedness index (TRI), topographic position index (TPI), sediment transport index (STI), stream power index (SPI), slope, drainage density (DD), and stream order (SO). The site identification performance of the SSS was assessed using the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve method, with results for the case study example of the Poldokhtar watershed in Iran showing excellent performance and identifying 327 potential sites for efficient check dam construction in this watershed. The SSS tool is not site-specific but is rather general, adaptive, and comprehensive, such that it can and should be further applied and tested across different watersheds and parts of the world. Full article
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