Integrated and Participatory Water Resources Management - Theory


  • Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Enrico Weber, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Andrea Castelletti, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics and Information, Milan, Italy

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.
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Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, junior and senior researchers on all the university courses related to Water Engineering, Water Resource Management, Water Resource Planning, as well as racticing professionals (engineering consultants and water agencies)


Book information

  • Published: July 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53013-4

Table of Contents

A Global View. 1. Making Decisions: a Difficult Problem. 2. From the Decision Making Procedure to MODDSS. B. The Elements of the Problems. 3. Actions, Criteria and Indicators. 4. Systems, Models and Indicators. 5. Modelling the Components. 6. Aggregated Models. C. Decision Making in the Full Rationality Conditions. 7. Identifying the Optimal Alternative. 8. Choosing among Infinite Alternatives. 9. Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty. 10. Planning the Management. 11. The Design Problem with sv Policies. 12. Off-line Non-Learning-Based Policies. 13. Off-line Learning Policies. 14. On-Line Policies. 15. Distribution Policies. D. Decision Making in Partial Rationality Conditions. 16. The Decision-Making process. 17. Choosing the Decision-Making Method. 18. Identifying Efficient Alternatives.19. Estimating the Effects. 20. Evaluation. 21. Comparison, Negotiations and the Final Decision. 22. Mitigation and compensation. E. MODSS. 23. Software Architecture of MODSSs. Appendices.