Special Issue "Water Resources, Socio-Economic Development and the Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2020).
Interests: water resources management, water resources modeling, integrated assessment, systems thinking, and sustainable development
Interests: water resources modeling; integrated, collaborative and adaptive water resources management
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This special issue on systems modelling of water resources calls for studies that explicitly connect socio-economic activity with water resources at river-basin to global scales. Our emphasis is on advanced computer modelling of these systems for water resources management, and for more general policy assessment and development, but we also welcome non-modelling papers relevant to water systems modelling. Ideal papers will address aspects of water supply and demand and their dynamic linkages over the medium to long-term, multiple water use sectors (municipal, industrial, agricultural, environmental), and relatively short (sub-annual) temporal scales that capture important natural and socio-economic variability.
Why systems modelling? Population growth, economic development and irrigation expansion have driven dramatic increases in fresh water demands over the last century, while ongoing socio-economic development, climate change and threats to water quality render water supply into the future uncertain and its provision potentially costly. Awareness of growing water scarcity and its potential for socio-economic disruption has led to increasing interest in systems modelling of water resources at regional to global scales. Such studies emphasize the role of feedbacks between human and hydrological systems, and connect the two through concepts like water security, socio-hydrology, the water-energy-food nexus and integrated water resources management. The application of computer modelling approaches can serve decision-makers and other stakeholders by improving their understanding of coupled human and hydrological systems, and informing water resources infrastructure and management decisions. In this special issue, we will profile recent water systems modelling efforts to advance the state-of-the-art in modelling complex, dynamic water resources systems and their linkages to socio-economic and environmental change.
Prof. Dr. Evan G. R. Davies
Prof. Dr. Jan Franklin Adamowski
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Water resources systems
- Water security
- Water-energy-food nexus
- Integrated water resources management
- Integrated assessment
- Hydro-economic modeling