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Hydroeconomic Analysis

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As the slow-moving water crisis is accelerating due to compounding impacts of climate and global anthropogenic changes on the environment, there is a growing need for tools and methods that better capture the interactions between the socioeconomic and the environmental systems. Addressing the challenges posed ...

As the slow-moving water crisis is accelerating due to compounding impacts of climate and global anthropogenic changes on the environment, there is a growing need for tools and methods that better capture the interactions between the socioeconomic and the environmental systems. Addressing the challenges posed by the water crisis therefore requires a holistic approach which considers the complex interactions between natural and engineered water systems as well as the institutions that shape human management of those water resources. Over the past few decades, hydro-economic analysis and models have emerged as one of the most powerful tools to assess the links between water resource systems and economic activities related to water use, water protection and protection from floods.

Hydro-economic analysis supports decision making in water management by revealing the trade-offs between different water management and infrastructure portfolios, and across regions, uses and economic sectors. Hydro-economic analysis have been used to address a variety of issues including water system operation, conjunctive management of surface and groundwater, drought management, engineering infrastructure design and capacity expansion, water conservation actions, inter-sectoral water allocation, water trading, water pricing, institutional reform, conflict resolution, transboundary cooperation and climate change impacts and adaptation. This Research Topic for Water and Hydrocomplexity welcomes articles describing original researches on the development and use of hydro-economic analysis applied to water resources systems. Research involving the multi-disciplinary analysis of complex water resources systems is particularly encouraged.

This Research Topic will welcome manuscripts integrating economics and decision-support methods and tools for water management, including a variety of specific themes such as:
• Water resource system operation
• Conjunctive management of surface and groundwater
• Water markets
• Water pricing
• Demand management, including water conservation in agriculture or
urban uses
• Infrastructure design and capacity expansion
• Climate change impacts and adaptation


Keywords: hydroeconomic model, water economics, system analysis, demand management, water value


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