Sustainable Water Resources Management: Groundwater Depletion

  • Brian F. Thomas
  • Aimee C. Gibbons


Water resources management must overcome the dilemma between the timing of water demands and availability. Groundwater resources are often tapped to fulfill demands during reduced surface water availability or in regions without access to surface water, resulting in a global phenomenon of groundwater depletion as groundwater withdrawals exceed recharge. Sustainable groundwater management requires approaches to assess the influence of adaptive management on the evolution of groundwater systems. In this chapter, we evaluate the spatiotemporal groundwater dynamics in the Coachella Valley of California to assess relationships between groundwater management and use. Our results illustrate spatially limited effects of adaptive management that occur against a setting of long-term groundwater depletion, highlighting the need to employ integrative and diverse adaptive management schemes to achieve sustainable groundwater management.


Sustainable groundwater management Groundwater trends Enhanced groundwater recharge 


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  • Brian F. Thomas
    • 1
  • Aimee C. Gibbons
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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