Special Issue "Variability in Mediterranean-Climate Waters: Space, Time, and Intensity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
Prof. G. Mathias Kondolf
Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
EURIAS fellow, Collegium—Lyon Institute of Advanced Studies, ENS; CNRS UMR 5600 Environnement Ville Société, University of Lyon, Lyon, France
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Interests: fluvial geomorphology; environmental planning; river restoration; sustainable floodplain management; urban rivers; social and biophysical connectivity of urban rivers; sustainable management of sediment in rivers and reservoirs; reservoir sedimentation; sediment starvation
Dr. Ben Porter
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Director Phoebe Hearst Museum, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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Interests: archaeology; near eastern archaeology; middle east; arid environments; ancient water supply adaption; anthropology; heritage; tourism; archeological
Mediterranean-climate regions face distinct challenges to natural resource management, land-use planning, and design of the built environment: summer drought; highly seasonal precipitation and river flow, and the consequent adaptations to these conditions needed by biota; high inter-annual variability in precipitation; and episodic floods and sediment transport. Nonetheless, civilizations have flourished in water-limited Mediterranean environments for millennia. An understanding of how ancient societies adapted to these environmental stressors can inform our current challenges, as both the developed and developing world confront growing water shortages driven by population increases, expansion of irrigated agriculture, and climate change. To reduce uncertainty of water availability in Mediterranean-climate regions, modern societies have developed legal and institutional arrangements allocate water supplies and built water supply and control infrastructure at a scale far exceeding the degree of control seen in more humid climates, altering the seasonality of flow of streams and rivers in these regions.
This Special Issue examines variability in water in Mediterranean-climate regions from physical, biological, social, and institutional perspectives, drawing lessons from the range of adaptations employed by diverse cultures, many of which may be applicable elsewhere, especially as climate change is expected to increase the variability of precipitation worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Matt Kondolf
Dr. Ben Porter
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- Mediterranean climates
- hydrologic variability
- episodic channels
- reservoir sustainability