Today, more than four billion people live in regions that are threatened by water scarcity related to supply variability. Changes in the amount and timing of precipitation, combined with dynamic patterns of human water use and allocation, influence socio-environmental systems worldwide. At the same time, competing demands on water resources drive decisions about water allocation, including groundwater withdrawals, privatization, land-use and landscape changes, and water infrastructure management.
This Theme was specifically focused on the integration of data and the development of models (e.g., simulation, theoretical) to enhance our understanding of the relationships between the spatial and temporal variability of water, ecological systems, and human welfare or behavior and their implications for policy and practice.
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