Special Issue "Water Resources Management and Policy Development: International Security and Economic Relations"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Norman A. Graham
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Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and James Madison College of Public Affairs, Michigan State University, 842 Chestnut Road, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Interests: Aquaculture; Central Asian environmental issues; water–energy–food nexus
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As argued March 23rd, World Water Day, we face persistent drought (falling water tables and river flows), commonly unconstrained pollution and wasteful over-consumption, which means that water has become rarely cheap, increasingly unsafe, and, all too often, not readily available. Water scarcity has become a common problem, but so too has flooding and devastating environmental impact from rising tides and crumbling infrastructure—costal and throughout river systems. International disputes over draw off imbalances and inadequate transborder flows still threaten conflict and raise troubling security concerns, while economic development and prosperity are often hampered by failed water conservation and management, as well as ill-conceived policies. What are the prospects for increased innovation and imagination in management strategies and technology development?

This proposed Special Issue seeks to collect and integrate national and regional case studies from various geographies that respond to the persistent questions and challenges of water scarcity and security. The issue will seek to examine the prospects for nature-based solutions to help moderate extreme flooding events, purify water, control erosion and coastal flooding through emerging programs of conservation agriculture, wetlands restoration, and forest conservation, among others. We also seek to examine promising technological approaches to desalination, waste water reclamation and filtering (including the application of nanotechnology membrane devices for separation of pollutants). We shall also seek studies that explore the complex relationships between water, energy and food as ingredients to security and prosperous and sustainable economic relations. Is there progress on remediating the role of irrigation in resource depletion in the face of rising food demand and settlement patterns? Can the design, installation, and management of hydropower installations be improved? Finally, are there examples of progress in bilateral and regional water accords and institutions to improve water security and mutual prosperity?

Prof. Dr. Norman Graham
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • water resources management
  • water security
  • transborder water disputes
  • nature-based water solutions
  • hydropower design
  • sustainable irrigation
  • nanotechnology filtering membranes
  • conservation agriculture
  • water, energy, food nexus
  • sustainable economies

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Uncertainty in Irrigation Technology: Insights from a CGE Approach
Water 2019, 11(3), 617; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11030617 - 25 Mar 2019
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The benefits of technological improvement are uncertain. The timing of the introduction and take-up of new technologies is difficult to estimate. Technological improvements play a decisive role in water policy. In the context of water policy design, we evaluate the implications of uncertainty [...] Read more.
The benefits of technological improvement are uncertain. The timing of the introduction and take-up of new technologies is difficult to estimate. Technological improvements play a decisive role in water policy. In the context of water policy design, we evaluate the implications of uncertainty in the gradual process of enhancements to the efficiency of irrigation water use, for a better understanding of the extent to which these improvements could mitigate the output losses derived from water constraints. To accomplish this, we address simultaneous sensitivity analyses within a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to analyze different uncertainty scenarios. Our results show that the date on which advanced technology becomes available and enters general use is quite significant. The greater and faster the improvements in irrigation technologies, the better. Full article
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Optimization-Based Agricultural Water-Saving Potential Analysis in Minqin County, Gansu Province China
Water 2018, 10(9), 1125; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091125 - 23 Aug 2018
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To deal with the contradictions that are caused by natural conditions and unreasonable water allocations in Minqin County, which are located downstream of the Shiyang River basin in arid northwest China, an optimization-based multi-scale calculation method was proposed for analyzing agricultural water-saving potential. [...] Read more.
To deal with the contradictions that are caused by natural conditions and unreasonable water allocations in Minqin County, which are located downstream of the Shiyang River basin in arid northwest China, an optimization-based multi-scale calculation method was proposed for analyzing agricultural water-saving potential. Firstly, an optimization model was developed for allocating water and land resources legitimately with the conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater. Secondly, the groundwater equilibrium was fully considered in developing optimization model to achieve the ecological value of agricultural water savings. Then, multi-scale agricultural water-saving potentials were analyzed based on optimal results under different water-saving levels. These results provide local water managers with satisfactory economic benefit with higher water use efficiency. With reasonable management strategies of water and land resources, the ecosystem of Minqin County could gradually recover in the future. The results of the multi-scale water-saving potential analysis can help decision makers to identify desired water-saving plans that consider the coordinated development of the local economy, society, and ecology. Full article
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