Special Issue "Socio-Hydrogeology in Groundwater Resources Assessments and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 18982
Interests: nitrate isotopes; nitrogen cycling; origin of N pollution; isotope hydrology; hydrogeology; environmental geochemistry; socio-hydrogeology
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In 1977, at the UN Water Conference in Argentina, the Mar del Plata Action Plan was adopted, working on all components of water management. It was the first point where at a global level the prevailing premises of engineered solutions which were omnipresent for decades were questioned and criticized. Fifteen years later, the Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development was defined and become the base for the concept of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). Embedded in these global frameworks, over the following decades, various approaches tackling the human-water system evolved, e.g. hydrosociology, hydro-social cycle, socio-hydrology. They were developed by natural scientists but also by social scientists. However, very often they do not consider groundwater or do not differentiate between surface- and groundwater. At the same time, the scientific literature on the integration of social research and groundwater management is growing rapidly, reflecting the increasing need for inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to groundwater issues. Nevertheless, much of this literature lacks a sound social theory as criticized by humanities researchers.
In 2015, socio-hydrogeology was developed as a new discipline targeting the systematic inclusion of the social dimension into hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical assessments. Overall, it aims to define new frameworks for assessing the reciprocity between groundwater and its consumers/polluters (i.e. “how human actions exert pressure on groundwater resources” and “how scarce and/or polluted groundwater influences human wellbeing.”)
With this Special Issue, we would like to foster the discussion for all interested in interdisciplinary research, thus presenting the challenges and opportunities within this emerging research field.
We encourage case studies, reviews, or theoretical approaches on the following topics:
- Examples of socio-hydrogeological assessments
- Participatory approaches in socio-hydrogeology, including, for example, stakeholder’s analysis, public engagement
- Multidisciplinary frameworks to tackle groundwater issues
- Challenges and opportunities raising from the integration of hydrogeology and social sciences and from inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation
- Approaches including water’s social and political nature
- Reciprocity between people and groundwater
Dr. Viviana Re
Dr. Theresa Frommen
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- Social sciences
- Holistic approaches
- Inter-and transdisciplinary approaches
- Participatory approaches