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Handbook of Water Resources Management: Discourses, Concepts and Examples

  • Research and application-oriented handbook

  • Includes all the relevant basics, developments, and applications of water resources management

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxx
  2. Water on Earth: Occurrence, History, Management and Challenges

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction and Guide to the Handbook of Water Resources Management: Discourses, Concepts and Examples

      • Janos J. Bogardi, Tawatchai Tingsanchali, Anik Bhaduri, K. D. Wasantha Nandalal, Ronald R. P. van Nooijen, Joyeeta Gupta et al.
      Pages 3-8
    3. Water: a Unique Phenomenon and Resource

      • Janos J. Bogardi, Balázs M. Fekete
      Pages 9-40
    4. Water and Its Management: Dependence, Linkages and Challenges

      • Janos J. Bogardi, Luna Bharati, Stephen Foster, Sanita Dhaubanjar
      Pages 41-85
  3. Water and Society

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. A Drop in the Ocean. On Writing Histories of Water Resources Management

      • Maurits W. Ertsen, Ruth A. Morgan
      Pages 89-103
    3. Water Ethics

      • David Groenfeldt
      Pages 105-124
    4. Water Law and Rights

      • Joyeeta Gupta, Joseph Dellapenna
      Pages 125-143
    5. Water Discourses

      • Léna Salamé, Daene C. McKinney, Jerome Delli Priscoli, Toshio Koike, Jack Moss, Mara Tignino et al.
      Pages 145-214
    6. The Water Security Discourse and Its Main Actors

      • Robert G. Varady, Tamee R. Albrecht, Chad Staddon, Andrea K. Gerlak, Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran
      Pages 215-252
    7. Water Governance and Policies

      • Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Ines Dombrowsky, Naho Mirumachi
      Pages 253-272
    8. Economics of Water Security

      • Anik Bhaduri, C. Dionisio Pérez-Blanco, Dolores Rey, Sayed Iftekhar, Aditya Kaushik, Alvar Escriva-Bou et al.
      Pages 273-327
    9. Drivers, Pressures and Stressors: The Societal Framework of Water Resources Management

      • Léna Salamé, Janos J. Bogardi, Zita Sebesvari, Klement Tockner, Burcu Yazici, Fatma Turan et al.
      Pages 329-364
    10. Water Resources Management: Integrated and Adaptive Decision Making

      • Daniel Karthe, Janos J. Bogardi, Dietrich Borchardt
      Pages 365-381
  4. Examples of Assessment of Water Resources, Their Protection and Use

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 383-383
    2. Observations, Monitoring and Data Management

      • Balázs M. Fekete, Ana Andreu, Robert Argent, Tamara Avellán, Charon Birkett, Serena Caucci et al.
      Pages 385-442
    3. Assessment of Water Quantity

      • András Bárdossy, Abbas El Hachem
      Pages 443-469
    4. Assessment of Land/Catchment Use and Degradation

      • Fabrice G. Renaud, Zita Sebesvari, Animesh K. Gain
      Pages 471-487

About this book

This book provides an overview of facts, theories and methods from hydrology, geology, geophysics, law, ethics, economics, ecology, engineering, sociology, diplomacy and many other disciplines with relevance for concepts and practice of water resources management. It provides comprehensive, but also critical reading material for all communities involved in the ongoing water discourses and debates.
The book refers to case studies in the form of boxes, sections, or as entire chapters. They illustrate success stories, but also lessons to be remembered, to avoid repeating the same mistakes. Based on consolidated state-of-the-art knowledge, it has been conceived and written to attract a multidisciplinary audience.

The aim of this handbook is to facilitate understanding between the participants of the international water discourse and multi-level decision making processes. Knowing more about water, but also about concepts, methods and aspirations of different professional, disciplinary communities and stakeholders professionalizes the debate and enhances the decision making.


  • Agricultural Water Management
  • Drinking Water
  • Fluvial Flooding
  • International Water Law and Treaties
  • Pluvial Flooding
  • Reservoir Management
  • Urban Water Management
  • Waste Water
  • Water Standards and Regulations
  • Watershed and Catchment Management
  • water quality and water pollution
  • water policy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

    Janos J. Bogardi

  • University of Amsterdam and IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

    Joyeeta Gupta

  • Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

    K. D. Wasantha Nandalal

  • Lawyer, Conflict Resolution Specialist, Paris, France

    Léna Salamé

  • Department of Water Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

    Ronald R.P. van Nooijen

  • Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

    Navneet Kumar

  • Water Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathum thani, Thailand

    Tawatchai Tingsanchali

  • Sustainable Water Future Programme, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

    Anik Bhaduri

  • Delft Center for Systems and Control, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

    Alla G. Kolechkina

About the editors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Janos J. Bogardi has been the Director of the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) since 2003. Simultaneously he is also Vice-Rector a.i. of the Vice Rectorate in Europe since May 2007. Prof. Bogardi started his professional career as Assistant Professor at the Institute for Water Resources Management of the Technical University of Budapest. Shortly after having relocated to Germany, he became part of the scientific staff in the Federal Institute for Hydraulic Engineering in Karlsruhe, and the University of Karlsruhe, respectively. Between 1971-1973 and 1983-1985 he worked as a consulting engineer amongst others in Africa. He was then seconded by the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ) to the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand, between 1985 and 1988. For the next almost seven years he worked as professor for Hydraulics, and quantitative Water Resource Management at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. Janos Bogardi started his UN career in 1995 with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France, as a Senior Programme Specialist and soon became the Chief of the Section on Sustainable Water Resources and Management.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Water Resources Management: Discourses, Concepts and Examples

  • Editors: Janos J. Bogardi, Joyeeta Gupta, K. D. Wasantha Nandalal, Léna Salamé, Ronald R.P. van Nooijen, Navneet Kumar, Tawatchai Tingsanchali, Anik Bhaduri, Alla G. Kolechkina

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-60145-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-60147-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 810

  • Number of Illustrations: 54 b/w illustrations, 269 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Pollution, Water, Earth System Sciences, Public Health, Geoengineering

Buying options

eBook USD 219.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-60147-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)