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Integrated Groundwater Management

Concepts, Approaches and Challenges

Editors: Jakeman, A.J., Barreteau, O., Hunt, R.J., Rinaudo, J.-D., Ross, A. (Eds.)

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  • 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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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.

About the authors

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.


“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)

Table of contents (29 chapters)

Table of contents (29 chapters)
  • Integrated Groundwater Management: An Overview of Concepts and Challenges

    Pages 3-20

    Jakeman, Anthony J. (et al.)

  • The International Scale of the Groundwater Issue

    Pages 21-48

    Fienen, Michael N. (et al.)

  • Disentangling the Complexity of Groundwater Dependent Social-ecological Systems

    Pages 49-73

    Barreteau, Olivier (et al.)

  • Groundwater Management Under Global Change: Sustaining Biodiversity, Energy and Food Supplies

    Pages 75-96

    Pittock, Jamie (et al.)

  • Linking Climate Change and Groundwater

    Pages 97-141

    Green, Timothy Richard

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Book Title
Integrated Groundwater Management
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Approaches and Challenges
  • Anthony J Jakeman
  • Olivier Barreteau
  • Randall J. Hunt
  • Jean-Daniel Rinaudo
  • Andrew Ross
Springer International Publishing
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XIII, 762
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour