Wicked but Worth It: Student Perspectives on Socio-Hydrology

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Mar 06, 2016
Levy, Morgan C., Margaret Garcia, Peter Blair, Xi Chen, Sharlene L. Gomes, Drew B. Gower, Johanna Grames, Linda Kuil, Ye Liu, Landon Marston, Paul F. McCord, Mahendran Roobavannan, and Ruijie Zeng


Issues concerning water security plagu e agricultural, residential, andindustrial sectors worldwide, despite advances in the understanding ofbiophysical water system processes. Proposed solutions to water challengeshave been inadequate because they do not account for the dual role ofhumans as both contributing to and subsequently adapting to problems.This reality has motivated researchers to consider human decision-makingand activities as endogenous to water system dynamics (Thompson et al.,2013; Vogel et al., 2015). Sivapalan et al. (2012) introduced the concept ofsocio-hydrology as a ‘new science of people and water’ to meet thischallenge. Socio-hydrology aims to broaden the study of water cycledynamics to include social processes. This is similar to the field ofecohydrology, which incorporates ecological processes. However, unlikeecohydrology, which involves a synthesis of two natural science disciplines,socio-hydrology involves incorporation of social processes, which manyconsider fundamentally different from processes tackled traditionally bynatural scientists and engineers.

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DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10791
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