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Advances in socio-hydrology
Convener: Saket Pande  | Co-Conveners: Alberto Viglione , Giuliano Di Baldassarre , Murugesu Sivapalan 
 / Wed, 20 Apr, 08:30–10:00
 / Attendance Wed, 20 Apr, 17:30–19:00

The session aims to reconcile socio-hydrology with other fields such as hydro-sociology, hydro-economics and integrated water resources management. Socio-hydrology proposes to understand coupled human-water systems by conceptualizing its components to be dynamically connected by bi-directional feedbacks. Examples of such feedbacks include economic forces such as agricultural or industrial production, diffusion or adoption of technology and knowledge such as water harvesting, community awareness such as emergence of environmental movements, values and norms etc. The session therefore aims to trigger a discourse on understanding such systems at a diversity of scales.

Abstracts are solicited on topics that deal with planetary water boundary concepts, integrated assessment models (IAMs), water history and archaeology, sustainability of engineered river basins, water valuation (both monetary and non-monetary), urbanizing deltas etc with a focus on understanding feedbacks between human society and their environment and/or simulating plausible co-evolutionary dynamics that emerges into the future. Resulting policy insights for a sustainable future are equally welcomed. Coupled systems can be human-flood systems, human-infrastructure systems, human-irrigation systems, human-agricultural systems, human-delta systems etc. Papers of theoretical, conceptual or applied nature are solicited.

This session is jointly developed with the framework of the Panta Rhei Research Initiative of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) under the working group of “Socio-hydrological modeling and synthesis”.