Special Issue "Urban Water Challenges"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017).
Urban settlements are subject to a continuum of changes driven by demographic, economic, political, environmental, cultural, and social factors. Water management in cities is often based on centralised “top down” water supply, stormwater drainage, and wastewater disposal. In contrast, water is demanded, stormwater and wastewater are generated, and hydrology is altered by behaviours at distributed “bottom up” or decentralised scale.
Citizens are concerned about water security, flooding, health of waterways, affordability of services, climate change, and the environment. The future liveability of cities is challenged by population growth and a changing climate that impacts on the environment that sustains us. Water management philosophy has evolved to include management of the water cycle at multiple scales from the perspective of whole of society and the environment.
Volumes of stormwater and wastewater discharged unused from our cities can be larger than water supply drawn from remote catchments and other communities. These changes in local water balance impacts on flooding, amenity, and waterways within cities. However, distributed solutions are often judged by water agencies as not viable. Innovation challenges existing ideas and governance.
This Special Issues on Urban Water Challenges aims to explore new insights into the whole of society benefits of water cycles in our cities from a systems perspective. What are new opportunities for cities using local resources, innovation and policies with links to traditional infrastructure approaches? How do we integrate water management into urban planning, environmental management, economic development and maximise the value of existing water infrastructure? Are there appropriate policy and evaluation frameworks to integrate land and water management with design processes at all scales from local to region that maximises society values and also apply to urban renewal?
Dr. Peter J. Coombes
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- climate change;
- systems analysis;
- big data;
- multi-purpose infrastructure;