Topics on System Analysis and Integrated Water Resources Management

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Overview

The Integrated Water Resources Management paradigm has entered the lexicon of water managers and stakeholders as the mainstream approach to the planning and management of water resource systems. It is the central pillar of the EU Water Framework Directive, which is widely accepted as the most significant piece of water legislation produced in the past 20 years, as well as the inspiring principle of all the water related activities sponsored by many international organizations in developing countries. However, despite huge inputs of financial resources, implementation of full IWRM remains elusive in most of the cases owing to the lack of a systematic approach and the inadequacy of tools and techniques to address the intrinsically complex nature of water resource systems.
This book explores recent and important contributions of System Analysis and Control Theory to the technical application of such paradigm and to the improvement of its theoretical basis. Its prior aim is to demonstrate how the modelling and computational difficulties posed by this paradigm might be significantly reduced by strengthening the efficiency of the solution techniques, instead of weakening the integration requirements.
In order to emphasize the role of System Analysis and Control Theory methodologies as different stages of an integrated, multi-objective approach to planning and management, within a participatory decision-making prospective, the book is composed of three parts, Modelling, Managing and Planning, plus an opening and a closing chapter. The introductory chapter formalizes the IWRM paradigm in a nine-step decision-making procedure that provides the reader with a conceptual map of the book and shows the value of its subject matter. Each part is opened by an invited contribution from an outstanding scientist in the field: Prof. Peter Young from Lancaster University, UK, Prof. Aris Georgakakos from GeorgiaTech, USA, and Prof. Slobodan Simonovic from Western Ontario University, Canada. Present and future research directions on the border between System Analysis and IWRM are surveyed in the chapter that closes the volume, where a pool of scientists and experts, coordinated by Prof. Anthony Jakeman from the Australian National University, suggests a research agenda to achieve sustainable (environmental, economic and social) outcomes in the implementation of the IWRM paradigm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080449678
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/11/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Castelletti received a MS degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Information Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1999 and 2005. He is Assistant Professor of Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems in the same university. His main research interests focus on modelling and control of water resource systems and Decision Support System design.

Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa received his PhD on System Analysis at Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1972; he was with the Water Group of the International Institute for System Analysis (IIASA) several times since 1975 and thought Water Management in some Italian Universities before being full professor of Natural Resources Management at the Politecnico di Milano. He is chair of the IFAC TC on Modelling & Control of Environmental Systems, and in the Editorial Boards of Water International and Journal of Environmental Modelling and Software. His main research interests are in the design of DSS for participatory decision making in the area of water resources.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1. A Participatory and Integrated Planning Procedure for Decision Making in Water Resource Systems (A. Castelletti, R. Soncini Sessa).
I. Modelling
Chapter 2. The Data-Based Mechanistic Approach in Hydrological Modelling (P.C. Young et al.).
Chapter 3. Bayesian Networks as a Participatory Modelling Tool for Groundwater Protection (H.J. Henriksen et al.).
Chapter 4. Exploring Water Conservation Behaviour through Participatory Agent-Based Modelling (A. Rixon et al.).
II. Managing and MODSS
Chapter 5. Decision Support Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management with an Application to the Nile Basin (A.P. Georgakakos).
Chapter 6. Water Reservoirs Management under Uncertainty by Approximating Networks and Learning from Data (M. Baglietto et al.).
Chapter 7. Optimising Irrigation Management at the Plot Scale to Participate at the Regional Scale Water Resource Management (J-E. Bergez et al.).
Chapter 8. Multi-objective Optimization of Water Distribution System Design under Uncertain Demand and Pipe Roughness (A.V. Babayan et al.).
III. Planning and MODSS
Chapter 9. Sustainable Floodplain Management and Participatory Planning in the Red River Basin, Canada (S.P. Simonovic).
Chapter 10. Negotiation Support System for Resolution of Disputes Over International Water Resources (L. Kronaveter, U. Shamir).
Chapter 11. Workflow Oriented Participatory Decision Support for Integrated River Basin Planning (J. Dietrich et al.).
Chapter 12. Comprehensive Testing and Application of the PIP Procedure: The Verbano Project Case Study (A. Castelletti et al.).
Chapter 13. Social Science Contributions to the Participatory Planning of Water Systems - Results from Swiss Case Studies (B. Junker, M. Buchecker).
Chapter 14. Multi-Criterion Decision Making Approach to Assess the Performance of Reconstructed Watersheds (A. Elshorbagy et al.).
IV. Future Directions
Chapter 15. Outstanding Research Issues in Integration and Participation for Water Resource Planning and Management (A.J. Jakeman et al.).
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