Integrated and Participatory Water Resources Management - Theory

Integrated and Participatory Water Resources Management - Theory

1st Edition - July 18, 2007

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  • Authors: Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa, Enrico Weber, Andrea Castelletti
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080551418

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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.

Key Features

· Integration of technical modelling and control aspects with participatory and decision-making issues
· Insightful and comprehensive treatment of theoretical contents, supported by practical examples
· A wide collection of exercises and project examples based on real-world case studies (with complete solutions)


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)

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.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 582
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2007
  • Published: July 18, 2007
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080551418

About the Authors

Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa

Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa received his PhD on System Analysis at Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1972; he was with the Water Group of the International Institute for System Analysis (IIASA) several times since 1975 and thought Water Management in some Italian Universities before being full professor of Natural Resources Management at the Politecnico di Milano. He is chair of the IFAC TC on Modelling & Control of Environmental Systems, and in the Editorial Boards of Water International and Journal of Environmental Modelling and Software. His main research interests are in the design of DSS for participatory decision making in the area of water resources.

Affiliations and Expertise

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Enrico Weber

Affiliations and Expertise

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Andrea Castelletti

Andrea Castelletti received a MS degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Information Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1999 and 2005. He is Assistant Professor of Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems in the same university. His main research interests focus on modelling and control of water resource systems and Decision Support System design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics and Information, Milan, Italy

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