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Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Large Asian River Basins

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ISBN: 9783038423454 783038423447 Year: Pages: Pages: X, 246 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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The connections between water, food and energy are currently being discussed more than ever before, thanks to the recently emerged concept of the water–energy–food security nexus. Various organizations and authors have defined and addressed the concept from their own view points: nexus is, indeed in the air.This Special Issue looks at the water–energy–food security nexus in the context of large Asian river basins, with a focus on transboundary rivers shared by several countries. The articles included in the Special Issue analyse what benefits the nexus approach could bring to these kinds of, often quite demanding, settings. And where are the potential pitfalls that call for further development.The thematic areas covered in the Special Issue thus include water resources management; energy planning and policies with an emphasis on hydropower; and food production systems, including fisheries, irrigation and cropland management. Due to its focus on transboundary contexts, the articles also look at the geopolitical, international cooperation and security aspects related to the nexus.The articles of the Special Issue include case studies from relevant transboundary river basins, with a focus on the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia as well as the river basins in Central Asia. Articles also include a comparative analysis in several large Asian river basins as well as more theoretical discussions of the water–energy–food security nexus and its linkages to other framings and approaches, such as IWRM and sustainable development.

Contested Knowledges: Water Conflicts on Large Dams and Mega-Hydraulic Development

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ISBN: 9783038978107 / 9783038978114 Year: Pages: 240 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-811-4 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Environmental Sciences
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Water acquisition, storage, allocation and distribution are intensely contested in our society, whether, for instance, such issues pertain to a conflict between upstream and downstream farmers located on a small stream or to a large dam located on the border of two nations. Water conflicts are mostly studied as disputes around access to water resources or the formulation of water laws and governance rules. However, explicitly or not, water conflicts nearly always also involve disputes among different philosophical views. The contributions to this edited volume have looked at the politics of contested knowledge as manifested in the conceptualisation, design, development, implementation and governance of large dams and mega-hydraulic infrastructure projects in various parts of the world. The special issue has explored the following core questions: Which philosophies and claims on mega-hydraulic projects are encountered, and how are they shaped, validated, negotiated and contested in concrete contexts? Whose knowledge counts and whose knowledge is downplayed in water development conflict situations, and how have different epistemic communities and cultural-political identities shaped practices of design, planning and construction of dams and mega-hydraulic projects? The contributions have also scrutinised how these epistemic communities interactively shape norms, rules, beliefs and values about water problems and solutions, including notions of justice, citizenship and progress that are subsequently to become embedded in material artefacts.

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hydroelectric development --- hydropower --- dam --- indigenous peoples --- first nations --- Canada --- Site C --- British Columbia --- environmental impacts --- socio-economic impacts --- hydropower --- Mekong River Basin --- political ecology --- STS --- public knowledge controversies --- large dams --- dam safety --- hazard risk --- environmental governance --- uncertainty --- knowledge politics --- marginalization --- political ecology --- Himalayas --- India --- hydropower development --- politicized collective identity --- territory --- collective action --- agonistic unity --- vernacular statecraft --- Dzumsa --- North Sikkim --- hydrosocial territory --- knowledge encounters --- hydraulic utopia --- modernity --- commensuration --- anti-dam movement --- Málaga --- Spain --- hiding hand --- A.O. Hirschman --- irrigation --- hydraulic projects --- San Lorenzo irrigation project --- Chixoy irrigation project --- Peru --- Guatemala --- megadams --- social construction of technology --- politics of the governed --- anti-dam resistance movements --- technological design --- contested knowledge --- Ecuador --- expectations --- hydroelectric megaprojects --- socio-technical imaginaries --- Ecuador --- energy policy --- large dams --- socioenvironmental impacts --- compensation measures --- knowledge systems --- commensuration --- negotiation --- territorial control --- Bolivia --- Jacques Lacan --- psychoanalysis --- fantasy --- mega-dam --- Inga --- DR Congo --- hydropolitics --- mega-hydraulic projects --- modernist traditions --- knowledge arenas --- manufactured ignorance --- depoliticization --- UnGovernance --- dehumanizing rationality --- multi-actor multi-scalar alliances --- co-creation --- power --- n/a

Sediment Transport in Coastal Waters

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ISBN: 9783038978442 9783038978459 Year: Pages: 284 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-845-9 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Oceanography
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The interface of 440,000 km long coastline in the world is subject to global change, with an increasing human pressure (land use, buildings, sand mining, dredging) and increasing population. Improving our knowledge on involved mechanisms and sediment transport processes, monitoring the evolution of sedimentary stocks and anticipating changes in littoral and coastal zones is essential for this purpose. The special issue of Water on “Sediment transport in coastal waters” gathers thirteen papers which introduce the current revolution in the scientific research related to coastal and littoral hydrosedimentary dynamics, and reflect the diversity of concerns on which research in coastal sediment transport is based, and current trends — topics and preferred methods — to address them.

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suspended sediment --- sediment transport --- coastal hydraulics --- Mekong --- river plume --- monsoon --- mathematical model --- geochemical map --- particle transfer process --- tidal current --- analysis of variance (ANOVA) --- Cluster analysis --- Mahalanobis’ generalized distances --- Seto Inland Sea --- East Coast Low --- nearshore processes --- coastal erosion --- coastal management --- climate change --- numerical modelling --- Southeast Australia --- soil erosion --- SWAT --- water scarcity --- sediment transport modelling --- Tafna catchment --- North Africa --- suspended sediment --- sediment transport --- lagoon --- geochemistry --- Ni mining --- sediment trap --- hydrodynamics --- New Caledonia --- dry season --- Senegal River delta --- Langue de Barbarie spit --- delta vulnerability --- river-mouth migration --- spit breaching --- ERA hindcast waves --- longshore sediment transport --- Vietnam --- South China Sea --- erosion --- recovery --- storminess --- winter monsoon --- typhoons --- shoreline --- waves forcing --- storms --- resilience --- post-storm recovery --- Bight of Benin --- seasonal cycle --- trend --- sand-mud mixture erosion --- numerical modelling --- non-cohesive to cohesive transition --- remote sensing reflectance --- turbidity --- seagrass beds --- bed shear stress --- fresh water runoff --- oceanic water intrusion --- suspended particulate matter --- aggregates --- flocculation --- biomass --- sediment --- turbidity --- remote-sensing --- MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) --- Support Vector Regression (SVR) --- oligotrophic lagoon --- bathymetry --- reflectance --- seabed colour --- coral reef --- New Caledonia --- sediment transport --- cohesive sediments --- non cohesive sediments --- sand --- mud --- coastal erosion --- sedimentation --- morphodynamics --- suspended particulate matter --- bedload

Satellite Altimetry for Earth Sciences

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ISBN: 9783038976806 / 9783038976813 Year: Pages: 484 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-681-3 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Physics (General) --- Geophysics and Geomagnetism
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Satellite altimetry is a radar technique for measuring the topography of the Earth’s surface. It was initially designed for measuring the ocean’s topography, with reference to an ellipsoid, and for the determination of the marine geoid. Satellite altimetry has provided extremely valuable information on ocean science (e.g., circulation surface geostrophic currents, eddy structures, wave heights, and the propagation of oceanic Kelvin and Rossby waves). With more than 25 years of observations, it is also becoming vital to climate research, providing accurate measurements of sea level variations from regional to global scales. Altimetry has also demonstrated a strong potential for geophysical, cryospheric, and hydrological research and is now commonly used for the monitoring of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheet topography and of terrestrial surface water levels. This book aims to present reviews and recent advances of general interest in the use of radar altimetry in Earth sciences. Manuscripts are related to any aspect of radar altimetry technique or geophysical applications. We also encourage manuscripts resulting from the application of new altimetric technology (SAR, SARin, and Ka band) and improvements expected from missions to be launched in the near future (i.e., SWOT).

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satellite altimetry --- Envisat --- SARAL --- unsupervised classification --- K-medoids --- Greenland Sea --- Fram Strait --- upper layer thickness --- satellite altimeter --- two-layer ocean model --- South China Sea --- coastal altimetry --- sea surface height --- Jason-2 --- waveform retracking --- satellite altimetry --- inland water --- CryosSat-2 SAR --- Mekong Basin --- water level time series --- classification --- stack data --- altimetry --- Ka-band --- data processing --- calibration --- validation --- altimetry --- SAR --- calibration --- validation --- sea surface height --- coastal altimetry --- validation --- tide gauge --- altimetry --- Ka-band --- oceanography --- hydrology --- ice --- geodesy --- Jason-2 --- Hong Kong coast --- retracking --- X-TRACK --- ALES --- PISTACH --- radar altimetry --- coastal altimetry --- sea surface height --- topography of the intertidal zone --- ERS-2 --- ENVISAT --- SARAL --- CryoSat-2 --- altimetry --- water level --- discharge --- Sentinel-3 --- satellite altimetry --- microwave radiometer --- wet tropospheric correction --- wet path delay --- sensor calibration --- HY-2A --- waveform retracking --- range precision --- marine gravity --- radar altimetry --- waveform --- dielectric permittivity --- soil moisture --- satellite altimetry --- SWOT --- western Mediterranean Sea --- fine scale --- SWOT simulator --- ROMS model --- filtering --- storm surge --- satellite altimetry --- calibration --- numerical modelling --- FVCOM --- ocean tides --- coastal altimetry --- ALES retracker --- ocean geostrophy --- water volume transport --- satellite geodesy --- space gravity --- altimetry --- Argo --- Southern Ocean --- ACC --- lake level --- lake volume --- evaporation --- streamflow --- Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) --- altimetry --- Landsat --- Aral Sea --- altimetry --- water levels --- validation --- Inner Niger Delta --- altimetry --- orbit decay --- drifting orbit --- geodetic orbit --- leads --- satellite altimetry --- CryoSat-2 --- classification --- peakiness --- polar ocean

Google Earth Engine Applications

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ISBN: 9783038978848 9783038978855 Year: Pages: 420 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-885-5 Language: eng
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Subject: Technology (General) --- Environmental Technology
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In a rapidly changing world, there is an ever-increasing need to monitor the Earth’s resources and manage it sustainably for future generations. Earth observation from satellites is critical to provide information required for informed and timely decision making in this regard. Satellite-based earth observation has advanced rapidly over the last 50 years, and there is a plethora of satellite sensors imaging the Earth at finer spatial and spectral resolutions as well as high temporal resolutions. The amount of data available for any single location on the Earth is now at the petabyte-scale. An ever-increasing capacity and computing power is needed to handle such large datasets. The Google Earth Engine (GEE) is a cloud-based computing platform that was established by Google to support such data processing. This facility allows for the storage, processing and analysis of spatial data using centralized high-power computing resources, allowing scientists, researchers, hobbyists and anyone else interested in such fields to mine this data and understand the changes occurring on the Earth’s surface. This book presents research that applies the Google Earth Engine in mining, storing, retrieving and processing spatial data for a variety of applications that include vegetation monitoring, cropland mapping, ecosystem assessment, and gross primary productivity, among others. Datasets used range from coarse spatial resolution data, such as MODIS, to medium resolution datasets (Worldview -2), and the studies cover the entire globe at varying spatial and temporal scales.

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Google Earth Engine --- NDVI --- vegetation index --- Landsat --- remote sensing --- phenology --- surface reflectance --- cropland mapping --- cropland areas --- 30-m --- Landsat-8 --- Sentinel-2 --- Random Forest --- Support Vector Machines --- segmentation --- RHSeg --- Google Earth Engine --- Africa --- remote sensing --- semi-arid --- ecosystem assessment --- land use change --- image classification --- seasonal vegetation --- carbon cycle --- Google Earth Engine --- crop yield --- gross primary productivity (GPP) --- data fusion --- Landsat --- MODIS --- MODIS --- Random Forest --- pasture mapping --- Brazilian pasturelands dynamics --- Google Earth Engine --- crop classification --- multi-classifier --- cloud computing --- time series --- high spatial resolution --- BACI --- Enhanced Vegetation Index --- Google Earth Engine --- cloud-based geo-processing --- satellite-derived bathymetry --- image composition --- pseudo-invariant features --- sun glint correction --- empirical --- spatial error --- Google Earth Engine --- low cost in situ --- Sentinel-2 --- Mediterranean --- burn severity --- change detection --- Landsat --- dNBR --- RdNBR --- RBR --- composite burn index (CBI) --- MTBS --- lower mekong basin --- landsat collection --- suspended sediment concentration --- online application --- google earth engine --- Landsat --- Google Earth Engine --- protected area --- forest and land use mapping --- machine learning classification --- China --- temporal compositing --- image time series --- multitemporal analysis --- change detection --- cloud masking --- Landsat-8 --- Google Earth Engine (GEE) --- Google Earth Engine --- LAI --- FVC --- FAPAR --- CWC --- plant traits --- random forests --- PROSAIL --- small-scale mining --- industrial mining --- google engine --- image classification --- land-use cover change --- seagrass --- habitat mapping --- image composition --- machine learning --- support vector machines --- Google Earth Engine --- Sentinel-2 --- Aegean --- Ionian --- global scale --- soil moisture --- Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity --- Soil Moisture Active Passive --- Google Earth Engine --- drought --- cloud computing --- remote sensing --- snow hydrology --- water resources --- Google Earth Engine --- user assessment --- MODIS --- snow cover --- flood --- disaster prevention --- emergency response --- decision making --- Google Earth Engine --- land cover --- deforestation --- Brazilian Amazon --- Bayesian statistics --- BULC-U --- Mato Grosso --- spatial resolution --- Landsat --- GlobCover --- SDG --- surface urban heat island --- Geo Big Data --- Google Earth Engine --- global monitoring service --- Google Earth Engine --- web portal --- satellite imagery --- trends --- earth observation --- wetland --- Google Earth Engine --- Sentinel-1 --- Sentinel-2 --- random forest --- cloud computing --- geo-big data --- cloud computing --- big data analytics --- long term monitoring --- data archival --- early warning systems

Adaptive Catchment Management and Reservoir Operation

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ISBN: 9783038977384 / 9783038977391 Year: Pages: 498 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-739-1 Language: eng
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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River catchments and reservoirs play a central role in water security, food supply, flood risk management, hydropower generation, and ecosystem services; however, they are now under increasing pressure from population growth, economic activities, and changing climate means and extremes in many parts of the world. Adaptive management of river catchments and reservoirs requires an in-depth understanding of the impacts of future uncertainties and thus the development of robust, sustainable solutions to meet the needs of various stakeholders and the environment. To tackle the huge challenges in moving towards adaptive catchment management, this book presents the latest developments in cutting-edge knowledge, novel methodologies, innovative management strategies, and case studies, focusing on the following themes: reservoir dynamics and impact analysis of dam construction, optimal reservoir operation, climate change impacts on hydrological processes and water management, and integrated catchment management.

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Siemianówka --- hydrology --- Narew River --- dam --- reservoir --- discharge --- flow regime --- reservoir flushing --- numerical simulation --- flushing efficiency --- Kurobe River --- two-dimensional bed evolution model --- sediment flushing of empty storage --- shaft spillway pipe --- sediment flushing efficiency --- sediment regime --- suspended sediment concentration --- vertical profiles of concentration --- Jingjiang River Reach --- Yangtze River --- CO2 --- reservoirs --- general regression neural network --- back propagation neural network --- climate change --- CMIP3 --- CMIP5 --- downscaling --- runoff response --- SWAT model --- stochastic linear programming --- Markov chain --- reliability --- vulnerability --- reservoir operation --- stochastic dynamic programming --- protection zone --- nutrient uptake --- NPP --- South-to-North Water Transfer Project --- Miyun Reservoir --- reservoir operation --- optimization --- SWAT --- HEC-ResPRM --- climate change --- CORDEX-Africa --- Tekeze basin --- long distance water diversion --- inverted siphon --- sensitivity analysis --- integrated supply system modeling --- sediment regime --- suspended sediment concentration --- vertical profiles of concentration --- the Jingjiang River Reach --- the Yangtze River --- reservoir operation --- multi-stage stochastic optimization --- TB-MPC --- flood control --- real-time control --- energy --- hydropower stations --- differential evolution algorithm --- optimal scheduling --- ?-constrained method --- drinking water resources --- water environmental capacity (WEC) --- Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) model --- the Huangshi Reservoir --- seasonal rainfall --- upper Chao Phraya River Basin --- El Niño/Southern Oscillation --- Indian Monsoon --- sea surface temperatures --- reverse regulation --- coupling model --- aftereffect --- accompanying progressive optimality algorithm --- Dokan Dam --- runoff --- sediment load --- SWAT --- natural flow regime --- multi-objective model --- uncertainty --- genetic algorithm --- land and water resources --- system dynamics --- modeling --- scenario analysis --- Heilongjiang --- tropical reservoir --- heating impact --- Langcang-Mekong River --- Kappa distribution --- parameter relation --- partial gauged basin --- power function --- ratio curve --- ungauged basin --- reservoir operation --- integrated surface water-groundwater model --- Heihe River Basin --- environmental flow --- irrigation --- design and operation of the multipurpose reservoir --- water deficit --- reservoir simulation model --- climate change --- multi-objective optimization NSGA II --- resilience and robustness --- costs and benefits --- water energy --- multi-agent of river basin --- game theory --- water resources allocation --- optimal flood control operation --- cascade reservoirs --- dynamic programming with progressive optimality algorithm (DP-POA) --- the upper Yangtze River Basin --- parameterization --- simulation --- optimization --- direct policy search --- hedging policy --- shortage ratio: Vulnerability --- NSGA-II --- lentic habitats --- bitterling --- mussel --- floodplain vertical shape index --- sediment management --- adaptive management --- catchment modelling --- integrated management --- reservoir operation

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