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Special Issue "Hydroeconomic Analysis for Sustainable Water Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Josue Medellin-Azuara

Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis
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Phone: +1 530 754 9354
Interests: hydro-economic models; water management; consumptive use; economic analysis; policy analysis
Guest Editor
Prof. Guilherme F. Marqes

Instituto de Pesquisas Hidraulicas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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Phone: + 55 (31) 33196812
Interests: hydropower; urban water use; hydro-economic models; water management
Guest Editor
Prof. Amaury Tilmant

Civil and Water Engineering, Laval University, Quebec
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Phone: +1 (418) 656-2131
Interests: agricultural production; dynamic programming; hydro-economic models; water management; consumptive use; economic analysis; policy analysis
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Manuel Pulido-Velazquez

Research Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA), Universitat Politècnica de València
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Phone: +34 96 387 9616
Interests: hydro-economic modelling; water management; conjunctive use; water and environmental economics; policy analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a scarce resource, water often has economic value connected to its use. This value is employed in various use decisions, including irrigation, production proceses, sanitation, hydropower, recreation, and ecosystem services. However, water economic value often plays a decimated role in water management, even when water is reclaimed through costly storage and conveyance infrastructure, and shared among competing users. The common approach to water as an insdisputable requirement, rather than a variable and uncertain economic resource, fails to properly signal its scarcity to society, leading to inefficient use, unnecesarily large infrastructure, and lost development opportunities. Hydro-economic models provide a framework to respresent economic values of water under various uses, infrastructure, and hydrologic and environmental features within regions in a consistent manner This Special Issue provides an overview of economic water valuation and hydroeconomic models. Concepts are reinforced with case studies involving management, modeling, and analysis involving the economic value of water, and its application in improving the economic efficiency of water systems. Prospects for hydro-economic models in managing water resources in the future are discussed.

Assoc. Prof. Josue Medellin-Azuara
Prof. Guilherme F. Marqes
Prof. Amaury Tilmant
Assoc. Prof. Manuel Pulido-Velazquez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Economic value of the water

  • Economic instruments for water management

  • Marginal benefits of water use

  • Water tarifs

  • Water scarcity

  • Scarcity costs

  • Water resources planning and management

  • Water allocation and decision making

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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