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Sustainability Criteria for Water Resource Systems

Series: International Hydrology Series

Edited By: Daniel P Loucks and John S Gladwell

139 pages, 25 line illus, 5 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2008 | #179669 | ISBN-13: 9780521089173
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Hardback | Jul 1999 | #77328 | ISBN: 0521560446
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Water resources professionals have an obligation to conceive and manage water resource systems such that they will fully contribute to an improved quality of life for all humans, now and into the future. Those water resource systems that will be able to satisfy the changing demands that will inevitably be placed on them, without significant system degradation, can be called 'sustainable'.

An international group of experts have reviewed various guidelines for achieving greater degrees of sustainability and the extent to which they have been applied in a number of case studies. Approaches for measuring and modelling sustainability are provided. Ways in which these measures and models might be used when evaluating alternative designs and operating policies are illustrated.

' ! whether your interest is in water resources or in other aspects of environmental management, this book is worth acquiring and studying.' J. N. R. Jeffers, International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology ' ! a useful introduction to the concept of sustainable development in the water resource context.' Zbignieu W. Kundzewicz, Hydrological Sciences Journal ' ! an important contribution to the debate surrounding sustainable devfelopment and the planning and management of water resources.' P. Wouters, Resources Policy


Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Sustainability issues and challenges; 3. Defining sustainability; 4. Measuring sustainability; 5. Sustainability guidelines and case studies; 6. Economic sustainability criteria; 7. Ecological and environmental sustainability criteria and approaches; 8. International and social aspects of sustainability; 9. Sustainability and modeling technology; 10. Sustainability, hydrologic risk and uncertainty; 11. Equity, education and technology transfer; 12. Conclusions; References; Index.

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