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Towards socio-hydrologic synthesis: modeling the co-evolutionary dynamics of coupled human, water and ecological systems


Freshwater security poses one of the largest challenges of the 21st century, with uncertain future supplies due to climate change and increasing demands on water as populations grow and ecosystem services become increasingly valued. Human impacts on water resources and ecosystems have grown, but the ability of freshwater sciences to understand and model interlinked human and hydrologic systems has not kept pace. In part, this reflects the lack of collaboration between socio-economic specialists and hydrologists; and in part, it reflects a tendency of hydrological models to treat human impacts on water systems as exogenous, complex, and place-specific issues. This project aims to address both these issues by creating a series of collaborative workshops that will bring together hydrologists, ecologists, and social scientists to undertake synthesis research in the nascent field of socio-hydrology. These workshops will investigate case studies drawn from real-world water problems to discover common behaviors and governing relationships in coupled human-water-ecology systems. The goal of the project is to build a new generation of generic conceptual models and “socio-hydrologic” modeling frameworks that transcend place-based complexity, and advance understanding of the dynamics and co-evolution of human, water, and eco-environmental systems.

Project Type
Team Synthesis Project
Principal Investigators
Tara Troy, Lehigh University
Murugesu Sivapalan, University of Illinois
Megan Konar, University of Illinois
Ximing Cai, University of Illinois
Kelly Caylor, Princeton University
Xi Chen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Qian Dang, University of Illinois
Stephanie Debats, Princeton University
Giuliano Di Baldassarre, UNESCO-IHE
Yasmina Elshafei, University of Western Australia
Chloe Fandel, University of Arizona
Margaret Garcia, Tufts University
Drew Gower, Princeton University
Linda Kuil, Vienna University of Technology
Morgan Levy, UC Berkeley
Xiaowen Lin, University of Illinois
Ye Liu, Tsinghua University
Karthik Madhyastha, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Roobavannan Mahendran, University of Technology, Sydney
Landon Marston, University of Illinois
Paul McCord, Indiana University
Rachata Muneepeerakul, Arizona State University
Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman, University of Arizona
Gopal Penny, UC Berkeley
Aloah Pope, University of Arizona
Apoorva Ravishankar, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Jeff Reimer, Oregon State University
Mahendran Roobavannan, University of Technology, Sydney
Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University
Christopher Scott, University of Arizona
Veena Srinivasan, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Sally Thompson, University of California, Berkeley
Fuqiang Tian, Tsinghua University
Dingbao Wang, University of Central Florida
Ruijie Zeng, University of Illinois

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