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Three books have been recently published on Integrated Water Resources Management. In this page the readers can find detailed information and updated material (new projects, errata, etc.).

Integrated and Participatory Water Resources Management. Theory

by Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa, Andrea Castelletti, Enrico Weber

Publisher:
Elsevier Ltd.
Publication date:
2 July 2007
Pages:
791
Annexes:
CD-Rom
Covering the more recent advances in Modelling, Planning, Management and Negotiations for Integrated Water Resource Management, this text brings together knowledge and concepts from Hydrology, System Analysis, Control Theory, Conflict Resolution, and Decision and Negotiation Theory. Without compromising on mathematical rigour, the book maintains a fine line between theory and application, methodology and tools, avoiding getting locked into excessively theoretical and formal development of the issues discussed. The non-technical aspects of water resource systems (such as societal, political and legal concerns) are recognized throughout the book as having a great, if not fundamental, importance to reaching an agreed-upon decision; they are therefore integrated into the more technical and mathematical issues. The book provides a unified, coordinated and comprehensive framework that will facilitate the increasingly appropriate application of the Integrated Water Resource Management paradigm by current and future practising professionals, decision-makers and scientists.
Further information available on the publisher's website.
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Integrated and Participatory Water Resources Management. Practice

by Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa, Francesca Cellina, Francesca Pianosi, Enrico Weber

Publisher:
Elsevier Ltd.
Publication date:
2 July 2007
Pages:
451
Annexes:
DVD-Rom
A participatory and integrated procedure for the planning of water resources is presented and illustrated through its application to a real-world case study: the planning of a trans-boundary, multi-purpose, regulated lake. Methods and concepts from Hydrology, System Analysis, Optimal Control, Decision and Negotiation Theory are presented and framed in a comprehensive and coherent procedure for the efficient development of the decision-making process. Relevant theoretical and mathematical aspects are briefly presented for the non-expert reader, as well as all those practical details that are often omitted in texts, but that constitute the very essence of a project and make the difference between a successful project and a failure. The book provides practicing professionals, decision-makers and scientists with a complete, immediate example of application of the Integrated Water Resource Management paradigm.
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Topics on System Analysis and Integrated Water Resources Management

by Andrea Castelletti, Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa (Eds.)

Publisher:
Elsevier Ltd.
Publication date:
19 October 2006
Pages:
304
The book explores recent and important contributions of System Analysis and Control Theory to the technical application of the IWRM 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. The first introductory chapter provides the reader with a logical map of the book, by formalizing the IWRM paradigm in a nine-step decisional procedure and by identifying the points where the contribution of System Analysis and Control Theory is more useful. The book is then organized in three sections whose chapters analyze some theoretical and mathematical aspects of these contributions or presents design applications. The outstanding research issues on the border between System Analysis and IWRM is depicted in the last chapter, where a pull of scientists and experts, coordinated by Prof. Tony Jakeman describe the foreseeable scenario.
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