Special Issue "Advances in Data-Driven Water-Cycling Analyses"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance".

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Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Communities, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina, Canada
Interests: environmental statistics; non-deterministic optimization; hydroclimatic modeling; water resource management; energy systems management; environmental systems management
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina, SK, Canada
Interests: hydrological and environmental systems simulation; climate modeling and downscaling; resources, environmental, and economic systems optimization; synchrotron-based environmental chemistry and biochemistry
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Dear Colleagues,

Massive water-related data (e.g., hydrologic observations, climatic re-analyses, satellite images, environmental monitoring, socioeconomic statistics, and experimental analyses) are available in the current era of big data. Numerous data-driven methods, algorithms, approaches, or software are continuously developed or employed to quantitatively analyze the data. The analyses are helpful for revealing complicated mechanisms of water cycling, e.g., its associations with climate, energy, agriculture, environment, geology, ecology, health, social economy, technological advancement, engineering construction, and other related systems at large scales. They can also help to identify the optimal policy, technological, or engineering solutions for addressing diverse water crises all over the world under natural and anthropogenic impacts.

This Special Issue focuses on emerging advances in data-driven water-related studies, summarizes recent findings of water cycling obtained from extensive data analyses, discusses existing gaps and challenges in both methodology and applications, and explores the reformation of this field in the next phase from the perspective of sustainable development of global communities.

Dr. Guanhui Cheng
Prof. Dr. Gordon Huang
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  • Water
  • Data-driven
  • Modeling
  • Optimization
  • Sustainable development

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Impact of Sediment Deposition on Flood Carrying Capacity of an Alluvial Channel: A Case Study of the Lower Indus Basin
Water 2022, 14(20), 3321; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14203321 - 20 Oct 2022
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Impacts of climate change and human-made interventions have altered the fluvial regime of most rivers. The increasingly uncertain floods would further threaten the flow delivery system in regions such as Pakistan. In this study, an alluvial reach of the Indus River below Kotri [...] Read more.
Impacts of climate change and human-made interventions have altered the fluvial regime of most rivers. The increasingly uncertain floods would further threaten the flow delivery system in regions such as Pakistan. In this study, an alluvial reach of the Indus River below Kotri barrage was investigated for the geomorphologic effects of sediments deposited over the floodplain as well as the influences on the downstream flood-carrying capacity. The hydrodynamic modeling suite HEC-RAS in combination with ground and remotely sensed data were used to undertake this analysis. Results suggest that the morphology of the river reach has degraded due to depleted flows over a long period and hydrological extremes that have led to excessive sediment deposition over the floodplain and an enhancement in flood water extension possibility over the banks. A deposition of 4.3 billion cubic meters (BCM) of sediment increased the elevation of the channel bed which in turn reduced a 17.75% flood-carrying capacity of the river reach. Moreover, the excessive deposition of sediments and the persistence of low flows have caused a loss of 48.34% bank-full discharges over the past 24 years. Consequently, the river’s active reach has been flattened, with a live threat of left levee failure and the inundation of the populous city of Hyderabad. The study would gain insights into characterizing the impacts associated with a reduction in the flood-carrying capacity of the alluvial channel on account of the inadequate sediment transport capacity after heavy flow regulations. Full article
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