Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation on Water Management

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water and Climate Change".

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Interests: water governance; integrated water resources management; climate change adaptation in water management; water monitoring and assessment; disaster risk management; policy–science interface; capacity development

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Dear Colleagues,

Integrated water resources management is the management of water as a common good and a basic resource, dealing with providing all sectors with sufficient water of a sufficient quality, while dealing with extremes like floods and droughts. It requires balancing the needs of the various sectors and environmental needs. Climate change mitigation measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can put substantial pressure on water management. For instance, the production of biofuels or applying carbon capture and storage techniques require amounts of water that may not be readily available in water-scarce situations. The need for mitigation then competes with the existing economic production and development, and comes on top of the already uncertain developments in water availability due to climate change.

Unfortunately, many decisions made in industry, agriculture, utilities, etc., as well as in climate policies, are made without incorporating the water management consequences, even when the influence is substantial. As a result, mitigation measures as identified in policies may meet severe opposition in water-scarce regions. There is consequently an urgent need to integrate water management concerns into decision-making, while new trade-offs need to be made between the various water users.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect insights into water management consequences of GHG mitigation measures to ultimately inform decision-makers. Contributions are sought that look at how water needs of mitigation measures are related to the existing water availability, from both a hydrological and governance perspective. Moreover, contributions are welcome that describe examples of how water management consequences of mitigation measures have been mainstreamed into climate policies and the decision-making process.

Dr. Jos G. Timmerman
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  • climate change mitigation
  • sectoral GHG reduction measures
  • integrated water resources management
  • water demand
  • climate policy
  • decision-making process

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The Assessment of Climate Variables and Geographical Distribution on Residential Drinking Water Demand in Ethiopia
by Mosisa Teferi Timotewos, Matthias Barjenbruch and Beshah M. Behailu
Water 2022, 14(11), 1722; - 27 May 2022
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Water managers have increasingly shown that demand management solutions are more important than searching for alternative sources to resolve the challenges and shortages of water supply services. This study identifies the impact of climate variables on residential water demand in three geographically and [...] Read more.
Water managers have increasingly shown that demand management solutions are more important than searching for alternative sources to resolve the challenges and shortages of water supply services. This study identifies the impact of climate variables on residential water demand in three geographically and spatially dispersed towns (Arba Minch, Ziway, and Debre Birhan) in Ethiopia. Monthly mean temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation are analyzed using multivariate regression models to identify and evaluate the impacts of the parameters on water consumption. Principal component analysis (PCA) is also used to determine the dominant independent variable affecting the rate of water consumption. Mean temperature is shown to be the dominant variable causing the changes in water consumption in Arba Minch. The water consumption at Debre Birhan is slightly affected by relative humidity. Analyzed climate variables do not affect the water consumption changes at Ziway. The main findings of this paper show that geographical distribution and other determinants are more important determinants of residential water demand. It is concluded that the analyzed climate variables are not the dominant determinants which impact drinking water consumption at the study sites. Thus, it is recommended to include relevant information about the climate variables alongside other determinants in order to enhance the water management system in evaluating and auditing water usage. Full article
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