Hydro-Economic Models for Sustainable Water Resources Management

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 (20 May 2024) | Viewed by 4834

Special Issue Editors


E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
University Institute of Water and Environmental Sciences, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
Interests: water management; hydro-economic models; sustainable resource allocation; water-energy nexus; economic analysis of water systems; integrated water resources management; water policy; environmental economics; water governance
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Economic Analysis, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
Interests: desalination; water transfers; wastewater treatment; water economics; water scarcity; water pricing; desalination companies; water governance; water policy; water sustainability
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The issue of the scientific journal titled “Hydro-Economic Models for Sustainable Water Resources Management” focuses on the theme of hydro-economic models for the sustainable management of water resources. Water is a vital resource, and its availability and efficient distribution are essential for sustainable development and human well-being. This journal issue addresses the importance of integrating the economic dimension into water management models, recognizing that water-related decisions have both economic and environmental implications. Hydro-economic models are analytical tools that enable the evaluation of water resource management and efficient allocation, considering both economic and hydrological aspects. These models can help decision-makers understand the interactions between water and the economy and develop strategies that promote sustainability and equity in water management. The articles in this journal issue cover recent research on the development and application of hydro-economic models, as well as case studies illustrating their application in different contexts. Topics to be explored include water demand management, the interaction between water and energy resources, optimal allocation of water resources, market mechanisms, and economic incentives for water conservation. Collectively, this journal issue seeks to promote understanding and advancement of hydro-economic models as tools for the sustainable management of water resources.

Dr. Joaquin Melgarejo
Prof. Dr. Francisco De Borja Montaño Sanz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • hydro-economic models
  • sustainable water resources
  • water management
  • economic implications
  • water allocation

Published Papers (4 papers)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

Jump to: Review

30 pages, 6784 KiB  
Article
Multi-Dimensional Collaborative Optimization Model for Agricultural Water Rights Based on Water Price Reform under Changing Environment
by Linlin Song, Hongshu Wang and Liang Ding
Water 2024, 16(9), 1262; https://doi.org/10.3390/w16091262 - 28 Apr 2024
Viewed by 478
Abstract
Agricultural water rights trading has become an effective means to solve the shortage of agricultural water. However, in the context of uncertainty, the key elements of the water rights trading system and their interactions remain unclear. Therefore, this study constructs a multi-dimensional collaborative [...] Read more.
Agricultural water rights trading has become an effective means to solve the shortage of agricultural water. However, in the context of uncertainty, the key elements of the water rights trading system and their interactions remain unclear. Therefore, this study constructs a multi-dimensional collaborative optimization model for agricultural water rights based on water price reform under a changing environment. The model quantitatively characterizes the synergistic effects of resource, economic, social, environmental, and ecological objectives on initial water rights allocation and trading. At the same time, the model uses a system dynamics model and intuitionistic fuzzy number to reflect the impact of a changing environment and uncertainty of the management system on water rights allocation and trading. The results show that through water rights trading, the overall coordinated development of farms has been improved, and the economic benefits and water resources utilization efficiency have been improved. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydro-Economic Models for Sustainable Water Resources Management)
Show Figures

Figure 1

39 pages, 2439 KiB  
Article
Technical–Economic Feasibility of a New Method of Adsorbent Materials and Advanced Oxidation Techniques to Remove Emerging Pollutants in Treated Wastewater
by Víctor Fabregat and Juana María Pagán
Water 2024, 16(6), 814; https://doi.org/10.3390/w16060814 - 10 Mar 2024
Viewed by 832
Abstract
The focus on emerging contaminants (ECs) in wastewater has intensified due to the considerable risks they present to human health and wildlife. This paper presents the results of the technical–economic assessment of the Clean Up solution, carried out in the framework of the [...] Read more.
The focus on emerging contaminants (ECs) in wastewater has intensified due to the considerable risks they present to human health and wildlife. This paper presents the results of the technical–economic assessment of the Clean Up solution, carried out in the framework of the project entitled “Validation of Adsorbent Materials and Advanced Oxidation Techniques to Remove Emerging Pollutants in Treated Wastewater”. The viability of the Clean Up system is evaluated by being applied as an advanced treatment system for treated urban wastewater, that is, for the elimination of pathogens and emerging pollutants (EPs), while considering the established quality criteria by current regulations. In this sense, it is a technology that has been successfully validated at an experimental level, and that offers similar removal performance compared to that of the most efficient alternatives available on the market. The technical–economic assessment has been conducted through a systematic process. Initially, the estimation involved the calculation of treatment costs for the Clean Up system when applied at an industrial scale. Subsequently, the treatment costs were estimated for the most favorable technological alternative to the Clean Up system from a technical–economic standpoint, also applied at an industrial scale, within identical scenarios and conditions as those assumed for the Clean Up system. The final step involved a comprehensive comparison of treatment costs between both alternatives, implemented uniformly under analogous conditions and assumed similar performance across all cases. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydro-Economic Models for Sustainable Water Resources Management)
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

15 pages, 7749 KiB  
Article
Comprehensive Evaluation and Coupled Coordinated Development Study of Water–Economic–Ecological Systems in the Five Northwestern Provinces of China
by Jiahao Shi, Huan Yang, Fuqiang Wang, Di Sun and Yushan Run
Water 2023, 15(24), 4260; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15244260 - 12 Dec 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 954
Abstract
The five northwestern provinces face numerous challenges in sustainable development, particularly water scarcity, economic imbalances, and ecological degradation. This study aims to deeply assess the region’s water resource conditions, the current status of economic development, and the health of the ecosystem while exploring [...] Read more.
The five northwestern provinces face numerous challenges in sustainable development, particularly water scarcity, economic imbalances, and ecological degradation. This study aims to deeply assess the region’s water resource conditions, the current status of economic development, and the health of the ecosystem while exploring the relationships and coupling mechanisms among them. Using the obstacle model, the research analyzes the primary barriers affecting these three significant factors in the region. The study further reveals a continually improving trend of coordinated development within the water–economic–ecological system in the five northwestern provinces of China, indicating that water usage per ten thousand GDP is the primary obstacle. This research enriches our understanding of the development in China’s five northwestern provinces and provides a theoretical foundation for achieving sustainable development. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydro-Economic Models for Sustainable Water Resources Management)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Review

Jump to: Research

57 pages, 4427 KiB  
Review
Barriers and Motivators of Household Water-Conservation Behavior: A Bibliometric and Systematic Literature Review
by Carolina Sanchez, Carla Rodriguez-Sanchez and Franco Sancho-Esper
Water 2023, 15(23), 4114; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15234114 - 27 Nov 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 2046
Abstract
Water scarcity, aggravated by growing demands, represents a significant challenge for humanity. Promoting household sustainable water-consumption behaviors has become vital. The Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) framework stands out among many strategies to promote water conservation. However, many interventions in this domain often neglect [...] Read more.
Water scarcity, aggravated by growing demands, represents a significant challenge for humanity. Promoting household sustainable water-consumption behaviors has become vital. The Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) framework stands out among many strategies to promote water conservation. However, many interventions in this domain often neglect significant theoretical insights, leading to gaps in addressing key social and contextual drivers of behavior. This study conducts a systematic and bibliometric literature review aimed at identifying determinants underlying household water-conservation behaviors. This review encompasses 155 papers published from 1984 to early 2023. Our findings show that this is a highly multidisciplinary field of study with a marked increase in research attention discerned post-2010, particularly from water-stressed regions. Furthermore, our findings also reveal an often-overlooked integration of guiding theories and an over-reliance on self-reported measures in prior research. Factors such as attitude, perceived efficacy, emotions, and habits emerge as pivotal in understanding water conservation. However, while attitudes have been extensively analyzed in previous research, the other factors deserve greater attention from researchers. Inconsistencies in demographic predictors further hint at potential moderating roles. This paper offers valuable insights for designing effective household water-conservation interventions through a social marketing lens. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydro-Economic Models for Sustainable Water Resources Management)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop