The Water and Human Systems Section aims to focus on the interplay between hydrological and social systems, their interdependencies and coupled effects, and how they are shaped in time and space in order to explore tradeoffs and synergies in the system, along with providing scientific support for solving water resources problems.
Sustainable water management in the era of the Anthropocene demands an understanding of the inter-relationship between societal and hydrological systems. The water system is facing extensive challenges due to climate change, rapidly increasing population and associated demand for water, land use change and intensification, urbanization and economic growth. Impacts on the human system are also manifold with aspects such as challenges in water supply, problematic water quality, public health issues or constraints of economic opportunities. The two are intrinsically interlinked, with the human system apparently influencing the water system and vice versa.
During the last decades integrated science and management approaches have been developed and applied but still dynamics of bidirectional feedbacks between coupled human-water systems and processes are not yet fully understood and research findings are hardly implemented into praxis.
We invite manuscripts that address the scope of interaction of human and water systems such as system dynamics or socio-hydrological approaches to understand the coupling and de-coupling effects and/or identifying the sensitivity of system elements in order to better understand patterns and dynamics. Furthermore, we welcome contributions which are aiming to understand decision making processes and management strategies such as studies on socio-economic issues or governance systems to learn about human behavior and management options and instruments influencing the Human-Water-System. Both conceptual approaches contributing to scientific discourse, as well as case studies are welcomed.
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Water and Human Systems welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Water and Human Systems, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Water and Human Systems will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Water.
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