Adaptive Water Management

Concepts, Principles and Applications for Sustainable Development

  • Farideh Delavari Edalat
  • M. Reza Abdi

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 258)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
    Pages 1-8
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 11-19
    3. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 21-34
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 37-53
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 57-67
    3. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 69-78
  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 81-91
    3. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 93-99
    4. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 101-112
    5. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 113-120
  7. Part V

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Farideh Delavari Edalat, M. Reza Abdi
      Pages 123-138
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 139-164

About this book


This book explores a new framework of Adaptive Water Management (AWM) for evaluating existing approaches in urban water management. It highlights the need to adopt multidisciplinary strategies in water management while providing an in-depth understanding of institutional interactions amongst different water related sectors.

The key characteristics of AWM i.e. polycentric governance, organisational flexibility and public participation are investigated and described through a critical review of the relevant literature. The book presents an empirical case study undertaken in a selected developing-country city to investigate the potential gaps between the current water management approaches and possible implementation of AWM. Feasibility of AWM operations is examined in an environment surrounded by established water management structure with centralised governance and an institutional process based on technical flexibility.

The key elements of AWM performance are (re)structured and transformed into decision support systems. Multi criteria decision models are developed to facilitate quantification and visualization of the elements derived from the case study, which is involved with water companies and water consumers.

The book describes how the concept of AWM, along with structuring suitable decision support systems, can be developed and applied to developing-country cities. The book highlights the barriers for applying the AWM strategies that include established centralised decision making, bureaucratic interactions with external organisations, lack of organisational flexibility within the institutions, and lack of recognition of public role in water management. The findings outline that despite the lack of adaptability in the current water management in the case study, as an example of developing countries, there are positive attitudes among water professionals and the public towards adaptability through public-institutional participation.



Adaptive Water Management Water Consumption Management Decision Support System Analytical Hierarchical Process Water Management Water Supply Management Water Demand Management Integrated Water Resources Management

Authors and affiliations

  • Farideh Delavari Edalat
    • 1
  • M. Reza Abdi
    • 2
  1. 1.Environment and Sustainability ConsultantAdditive Design LtdLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Operations and Information Management, School of ManagementUniversity of BradfordBradfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64142-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64143-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0884-8289
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7934
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