Highlights in Water 2018

Looking back at the past year to inspire the future: Springer's Editorial Team share a selection of the top downloaded books & articles in 2018, together with their outlook on 2019. 

Senior Editor, Fritz Schmuhl on 2018

FS © SpringerWith the global demand for water having increased annually by 1% for a number of decades, water governance forms a key element of ensuring safe and predictable water supplies as well as the health of ecosystems. Given the fragmented nature of the water sector, in particular due to the vast array of stakeholders involved at decision-making, policy and end-user stages, multi-level governance remains of crucial importance to cope with both current and future water scenarios.

Facing the Challenges of Water Governance, edited by Simon Porcher and Stéphane Saussier, offers a  comprehensive overview of the many challenges facing water governance and regulatory choices. Drawing together empirical studies from countries around the world, the editors and contributors combine extensive data to review the individual challenges facing each country, from the supervision of autonomous regulatory bodies to the question of centralization and the influence of local utility companies.

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With resource constraints often felt hardest in developing country contexts, the need for cost-effective solutions in water treatment become all the more acute when looking at health risks. In Management of Greywater in Developing Countries, edited by Radin Mohamed, Radin Maya Saphira, Al-Gheethi, Adel Ali Saeed, Mohd Kassim and Amir Hashim, the consequences of improper disposal of greywater into the environment are sketched, followed by an analysis of the various treatment technologies for greywater as well as their advantages and disadvantages,  but importantly also the low-cost technologies specifically available for arid- and sub-arid countries.

The manner in which water governance also works across different spatial planes when it comes to flooding (as opposed to the traditional focus safety measures only) is shown extensively in From Flood Safety to Spatial Management by Emmy Bergsma. By analyzing the science-policy interactions underlying the implementation of spatial measures in the Netherlands and the United States, her book shows how under the influence of different types of experts (engineers in the Netherlands and social geographers in the United States) different spatial flood management strategies emerged with different distributive implications, each with its own challenges for effectiveness and legitimacy. 

The challenges of water management due to misuse or abuse of water resources and the ever mounting challenges on use, reuse and conservation of water are described in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, edited by M. Rathinasamy, S. Chandramouli, K.B.V.N. Phanindra and U. Mahesh, U., offering an in-depth perspective from across the Indian subcontinent.

The following journals further offer a highly varied view at how water governance is managed across sectors, across different stakeholders, and across temporal spheres: Environmental Processes, Water Resources ManagementSustainable Water Resources Management, and Mine Water and the Environment, to name but a few.

To see the full scope of water research published at Springer, we warmly invite you to browse our world-class collection of publications on our Water Channel that cover water from every conceivable topical and disciplinary angle, from management through to policy, from technological through to nature-based solutions, and much more.  

Fritz SchmuhlSenior Editor, Water Channel Coordinator 

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2018 World Water Day Campaign

iStock-474251868 © borgogniels / Getty Images / iStockVisit and revisit our special web campaign created to celebrate the 2018 UN World Water Day here! You will find a full list of books and journals in Water and two editorials contributed by key opinion leaders. Enjoy! 

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