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Muddy waters: refining the way forward for the “sustainability science” of socio-hydrogeology

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Show simple item record Hynds, Paul D. Regan, Shane Andrade, Luisa Mooney, Simon O'Malley, Kevin DiPelino, Stephanie O'Dwyer, Jean 2018-08-29T11:06:04Z 2018-08-29T11:06:04Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The trouble with groundwater is that despite its critical importance to global water supplies, it frequently attracts insufficient management attention relative to more visible surface water sources, irrespective of regional climate, socioeconomic profile, and regulatory environment. To this end, the recently defined sub-discipline of “socio-hydrogeology”, an extension of socio-hydrology, seeks to translate and exchange knowledge with and between non-expert end-users, in addition to involving non-expert opinion and experience in hydrogeological investigations, thus emphasising a “bottom-up” methodology. It is widely acknowledged that issues pertaining to groundwater quality, groundwater quantity, climate change, and a poor general awareness and understanding of groundwater occurrence and movement are global in their scope. Moreover, while effective communication and engagement represent the key tenet of socio-hydrogeology, the authors consider that multiple actors should be identified and incorporated using stakeholder network analysis and may include policymakers, media and communications experts, mobile technology developers, and social scientists, to appropriately convey demographically focused bi-directional information, with the hydrogeological community representing the communication keystone. Accordingly, this article aims to highlight past and current work, elucidate key areas of development within socio-hydrogeology, and offer recommendations to ensure global efficacy of this increasingly important and growing field going forward. The authors seek to assist in protecting our global groundwater resource for future generations via an improved framework for understanding the interaction between communities and hydrogeological systems. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Water: 10, 111
dc.subject socio-hydrogeology en_US
dc.subject groundwater management en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject engagement en_US
dc.subject socio-economic aspects en_US
dc.title Muddy waters: refining the way forward for the “sustainability science” of socio-hydrogeology en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/w10091111
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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