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Emerging challenges and the future of water resources management

Author(s): Angelos Alamanos; Phoebe Koundouri

Linked Author(s): Angelos Alamanos

Keywords: Hydrolink; Citizen Science; Water Resources Management; Systems analysis; future research; Inter-disciplinary science; decision-making; deep uncertainty; policy and governance; water economics; communication; digital water; Phoebe Koundouri; Angelos Alamanos

Abstract: Water managers are facing new challenges: more evident climate change impacts, Covid-19, recession, wars, population movements, increased energy and resources demand. These affect water management and several related sectors such as energy, fuels, industry, agriculture, international relations and trade, economy, resources, including water, human and natural capital. This situation creates an ambiguous context (deep uncertainty) that suggests reconsidering the traditional management approaches and leaves limited space for management failures and delays. In this article, it is discussed three research questions/areas of focus for the future: 1) Redefining multi-disciplinary science and innovative collaborations to analyze and solve complex problems; 2) Efficient communication and continuous engagement to create the culture for science-supported policies and speed up the response of policymakers to grasp and adopt research and technological advances; 3) Deciding under deep uncertainty.


Year: 2022

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