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Integrated Groundwater Management

Concepts, Approaches and Challenges

  • Groundwater is an essential resource that is increasingly threatened

  • Groundwater management requires an interdisciplinary approach, as provided in this book

  • All chapter authors are leading experts in their field

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Integration Overview and Problem Settings

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Integrated Groundwater Management: An Overview of Concepts and Challenges

      • Anthony J. Jakeman, Olivier Barreteau, Randall J. Hunt, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, Andrew Ross, Muhammad Arshad et al.
      Pages 3-20Open Access
    3. The International Scale of the Groundwater Issue

      • Michael N. Fienen, Muhammad Arshad
      Pages 21-48Open Access
    4. Disentangling the Complexity of Groundwater Dependent Social-ecological Systems

      • Olivier Barreteau, Yvan Caballero, Serena Hamilton, Anthony J. Jakeman, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo
      Pages 49-73Open Access
    5. Groundwater Management Under Global Change: Sustaining Biodiversity, Energy and Food Supplies

      • Jamie Pittock, Karen Hussey, Andrew Stone
      Pages 75-96Open Access
    6. Linking Climate Change and Groundwater

      • Timothy Richard Green
      Pages 97-141Open Access
  3. Governance

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 143-143
    2. Groundwater Law

      • Rebecca Nelson, Philippe Quevauviller
      Pages 173-196Open Access
    3. Groundwater Regulation and Integrated Water Planning

      • Philippe Quevauviller, Okke Batelaan, Randall J. Hunt
      Pages 197-227Open Access
    4. Conjunctive Management Through Collective Action

      • Cameron Holley, Darren Sinclair, Elena Lopez-Gunn, Edella Schlager
      Pages 229-252Open Access
    5. The Social-Environmental Justice of Groundwater Governance

      • Marian J. Neal (Patrick), Francesca Greco, Daniel Connell, Julian Conrad
      Pages 253-272Open Access
    6. Social Justice and Groundwater Allocation in Agriculture: A French Case Study

      • Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, Clémence Moreau, Patrice Garin
      Pages 273-293Open Access
  4. Biophysical Aspects

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 295-295
    2. Ecohydrology and Its Relation to Integrated Groundwater Management

      • Randall J. Hunt, Masaki Hayashi, Okke Batelaan
      Pages 297-312Open Access
    3. Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems: Classification, Identification Techniques and Threats

      • Derek Eamus, Baihua Fu, Abraham E. Springer, Lawrence E. Stevens
      Pages 313-346Open Access
    4. Interactions of Water Quality and Integrated Groundwater Management: Examples from the United States and Europe

      • Kelly L. Warner, Fabienne Barataud, Randall J. Hunt, Marc Benoit, Juliette Anglade, Mark A. Borchardt
      Pages 347-376Open Access
    5. Soil and Aquifer Salinization: Toward an Integrated Approach for Salinity Management of Groundwater

      • Richard Greene, Wendy Timms, Pichu Rengasamy, Muhammad Arshad, Richard Cresswell
      Pages 377-412Open Access
    6. Managed Aquifer Recharge: An Overview of Issues and Options

      • Joël Casanova, Nicolas Devau, Marie Pettenati
      Pages 413-434Open Access

About this book

The aim of this book is to document for the first time the dimensions and requirements of effective integrated groundwater management (IGM). Groundwater management is a formidable challenge, one that remains one of humanity’s foremost priorities. It has become a largely non-renewable resource that is overexploited in many parts of the world. In the 21st century, the issue moves from how to simply obtain the water we need to how we manage it sustainably for future generations, future economies, and future ecosystems. The focus then becomes one of understanding the drivers and current state of the groundwater resource, and restoring equilibrium to at-risk aquifers. Many interrelated dimensions, however, come to bear when trying to manage groundwater effectively. An integrated approach to groundwater necessarily involves many factors beyond the aquifer itself, such as surface water, water use, water quality, and ecohydrology. Moreover, the science by itself can only define the fundamental bounds of what is possible; effective IGM must also engage the wider community of stakeholders to develop and support policy and other socioeconomic tools needed to realize effective IGM.

In order to demonstrate IGM, this book covers theory and principles, embracing: 1) an overview of the dimensions and requirements of groundwater management from an international perspective; 2) the scale of groundwater issues internationally and its links with other sectors, principally energy and climate change; 3) groundwater governance with regard to principles, instruments and institutions available for IGM;  4) biophysical constraints and the capacity and role of hydroecological and hydrogeological science including water quality concerns; and 5) necessary tools including models, data infrastructures, decision support systems and the management of uncertainty. Examples of effective, and failed, IGM are given.  Throughout, the importance of the socioeconomic context that connects all effective IGM is emphasized. Taken as a whole, this work relates the many facets of effective IGM, from the catchment to global perspective.


  • Ecological Groundwater Assessment
  • Groundwater Decision Support
  • Groundwater Governance
  • Groundwater Law
  • Groundwater Management Methods
  • Groundwater Planning
  • Hydro-Economic Models
  • IWRM
  • Integrated Groundwater Management
  • Social-Economic Research
  • hydrogeology
  • water policy


“Integrated Groundwater Management: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges is a comprehensive, thorough review of the complex problem of groundwater management. … This is a highly recommended resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (E. Gomezdelcampo, Choice, Vol. 54 (9), May, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

    Anthony J. Jakeman, Andrew Ross

  • Campus Agropolis 361, Montpellier Cedex 05, French Southern Territories

    Olivier Barreteau

  • Wisconsin Water Science Center, US Geological Survey, Middleton, USA

    Randall J. Hunt

  • Water Department, BRGM, French Geological Survey, Montpellier, France

    Jean-Daniel Rinaudo

About the editors

Tony Jakeman is Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society and Director of the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management (iCAM) Centre, The Australian National University. He has been an Environmental Modeller with the ANU for over 30 years and has over 300 publications in the open literature, half of these in refereed international journals. Since 1997 he has also directed the iCAM Centre pursuing methods and applications of integrated assessment and decision support. He leads the Integration and Decision Support Program of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Other scientific and organisational activities include: Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Modelling and Software; Foundation President, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society; President, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, Inc.; Vice-President, International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation; Board of Directors, The Integrated Assessment Society; and regularly a member of scientific advisory committees of international conferences.

In 2011 he received the Silver Medal of Masaryk University for contributions to environmental modelling and software. In 2012 he was awarded the Ray Page Lifetime Achievement Award from Simulation Australia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Integrated Groundwater Management

  • Book Subtitle: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges

  • Editors: Anthony J. Jakeman, Olivier Barreteau, Randall J. Hunt, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, Andrew Ross

  • 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) 2016

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-23575-2

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-79502-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-23576-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 762

  • Number of Illustrations: 29 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geology, Water, Economic Growth, Sustainability

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)