Impacts of Recent Drought Conditions and Resource Management Strategies on Groundwater

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

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Politecnico di Milano, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Milan, Italy
Interests: groundwater flow and transport modeling; contaminated sites; geothermal energy

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Institute of Geosciences and Geography, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany
Interests: hydrogeology; geothermal energy; environmental science

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: hydrogeology; groundwater; flow numerical modeling; solute transport modeling; reactive transport modeling; heat transfer; geo-thermal energy; heat transport numerical modeling; geoexchange; borehole heat exchangers; ground-source heat pump; geomorphology; landscape
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Politecnico di Milano, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Milan, Italy
Interests: reactive transport modelling; compound-specific isotope analysis; hydrogeology; water management; uncertainty analysis
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United States Geological Survey (Retired), Reston, VA, USA
Interests: groundwater flow and transport modeling; groundwater/surface water interactions; subsurface heat flow

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, entitled “Impacts of Recent Drought Conditions and Resource Management Strategies on Groundwater”, addresses how the recent droughts registered in many parts of the world have affected groundwater systems, and how the resulting short- and long-term water shortages have resonated in other sectors. Understanding how meteorological droughts affect groundwater, and the resulting direct and indirect effects on groundwater levels and baseflow discharge, is necessary to  mitigate the effects of climate change and to develop drought resilience plans and adaptation measures. A broad spectrum of sectors related to groundwater (e.g., agriculture, drinking-water supply, and ecologic resources) can be damaged by drought, and this issue aims to address how they respond, highlighting the resilience of some sectors and the vulnerability of others. Lastly, this issue aims to explore innovative solutions to decreasing the magnitude of drought through groundwater management. We welcome papers concerning data analysis and innovative approaches, groundwater flow numerical modeling forecasts, the design of adaptation measures, and field experiments.

The topics covered by this Special Issue are:

  • The effects of drought on aquifer systems;
  • Groundwater/surface water interactions;
  • Innovative practices for drought resilience;
  • Environmental consequences of drought;
  • Multi-data monitoring and management practices in response to drought.

Prof. Dr. Luca Alberti
Prof. Dr. Peter Bayer
Dr. Matteo Antelmi
Dr. Pietro Mazzon
Dr. Daniel T. Feinstein
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  • groundwater
  • drought
  • water management
  • drought resilience
  • climate change
  • adaptation measures
  • sustainable groundwater level
  • groundwater resource sustainability

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