growing during drought Articles

  • Genetic algorithm-based optimization of water resources allocation under drought conditions

    The efficient allocation of increasingly scarce water resources is a growing challenge worldwide, particularly during times of drought. This paper describes the development and application of an innovative technique to optimize the allocation of raw water supply to the city of London, UK during a period of drought in 2006. Using genetic algorithms, an optimization tool was developed to derive ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 5 Growing Extreme Weather Threats to America’s Cities

    Weather events have been dominating the news recently thanks to the “polar vortex” that caused record cold temperatures across the nation. But just a few months ago, the news was filled with other events: record rain and flooding in Colorado; destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma; widespread drought in the Southwest; and the sluggish recovery from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey. Unlike ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Can saltwater quench our growing thirst?

    An increasingly water-stressed world takes a new look at desalination. It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, ...


    By Ensia

  • What does rebounding water use look like? An examination of post-drought and post-flood water end-use demand in Queensland, Australia

    Rebounding water use behaviour has been observed in communities that have experienced plentiful water supply following a very dry period. However, the drivers of such rebounds in water consumption are varied and not well understood. Knowledge of such drivers can greatly assist managers towards proactive demand management, modelling and timely promotion of water efficient behaviours. Total and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • U.S. desalination industry grows since 2000; seen as essential to meeting supply needs

    With supplies of clean water becoming more scarce in certain areas and demand increasing, desalination is on the rise in the United States, water professionals told BNA. Half again as many municipal desalination plants were built between 2000 and 2010 as were built in the preceding three decades, according to research by water sector consultant Mike Mickley that was published in 2012 in the IDA ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Rainwater harvesting and management – policy and regulations in Germany

    This paper discusses the most important policies and regulations supporting the decentralized management, harvesting and utilization of rainwater in Germany, where such measures have been increasingly applied during the last few decades. The development and implementation of specific policies and regulations contributed significantly to that trend. They also work as incentives for the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Adaptation of pulse crops to the changing climate of the northern great plains

    Climate over the northern Great Plains has generally warmed over the last 60 yr. The rate of warming has varied temporally and spatially, confounding trend analysis for climate indicators such as increased length of the growing season. Change in precipitation has been even more variable. Despite this variability, present-day trends in temperature and precipitation generally coincide with the ...

  • New report connects 2012 extreme weather events to human-caused climate change

    As extreme weather events like wildfires, heat waves, downpours, and droughts continue to make headlines in the United States and around the world, many have wondered what their connection is to climate change. A new report sheds some light, firmly drawing correlations between several extreme weather events in ...

  • Natural Capital at Risk - The Top 100 Externalities of Business

    1. Foreward This report offers a high level perspective on the world’s biggest natural capital risks for business, investors and governments. To provide a business perspective, it presents natural capital risk in financial terms. In doing so, it finds that the world’s 100 biggest risks are costing the economy around $4.7 trillion per year in terms of the ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Climate change adaptation in rural India: A green infrastructure approach

    Water is a scarce resource in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra, where most rainfall is limited to the monsoon season from June through September. The Government of India has long promoted a Participatory Watershed Development (PWD) approach to deal with this scarcity, focusing on technical and social interventions to ...

  • Systems Modeling for the Planning of Greywater Management in New Housing Developments in the City of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

    ABSTRACTThe implementation of a greywater reuse scheme for new housing developments in Ensenada would achieve significant savings (up to 37%) in water consumption with the corresponding monetary savings in water supply and wastewater treatment. New housing facilities would have green areas irrigated with greywater which would represent ecological and aesthetical benefits to city. A more detailed ...

  • How can we ensure water security for all?

    Wetlands International will be speaking about this issue at the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The Clinton Global Initiative was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton to convene global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. This year’s Annual Meeting will take place on 26-29 September in New ...


    By Wetlands International

  • We are running out of water - now what?

    Last weekend, Jessica Yu’s new water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” took us on tour of the impacts water scarcity is creating around the globe, from the parched pastures of Australia’s farmlands to the sewage-polluted banks of the Jordan River. This film shines a much-needed light on the various water challenges we all ...

  • Water for Southern California: water resources development at the close of the century.

    INTRODUCTION In 1999, California observes the 150th year of the Gold Rush. Rather than an isolated historical event, it could be argued that the California Gold Rush never really ended, but rather that it was the first chapter in a mass migration unlike any other in history, both in scale and duration. At the founding of the Missions by Franciscan friars, Alta California was almost an ...


    By Hargis + Associates Inc

  • Orange county goes green

    As individuals, many Orange County residents help fulfill the mandate to be environmentally conscious by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, employing strategies to reduce domestic water consumption and making personal transportation more fuel-efficient. In the Orange County governmental structure, similar and often little known practices are being followed by departments and agencies ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Hurricane Isaac caps off America’s summer of extreme weather

    This post was co-authored by Forbes Tompkins, an intern with WRI’s Climate and Energy Program. This post is part of WRI’s “Extreme Weather Watch” series, which explores the link between climate change and extreme events. Read our other posts ...

  • Senix Water Level Sensors Drive Irrigation Automation Project

    Australia’s Water Crisis Irrigation management is serious business in Australia especially within the Murray-Darling Basin, a 1,000,000 square kilometer watershed that is home to Australia’s most productive agricultural land. The basin’s 23 rivers have ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • By the numbers: Analyzing the U.S. National Climate Assessment

    The draft U.S. National Climate Assessment was released last week, confirming that the climate is changing, that it is primarily due to human activities, and that the United States is already being adversely impacted. These top-line messages ...

  • Who used your water yesterday?

    The answer to the question above boils down to numbers in the final analysis. With more than half of the world's population already based in urban areas the additional demand for core services such as water is overtaxing capacities for water supply and disposal in many of the world's larger cities. And the problem is only going to get worse. The proportion of the world's population that will be ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Flood alert and remote monitoring of water reservoirs and rivers

    River flood alert and water reservoir managements are global growing requirements. SolidAT offers a full or partial solution (according to the customer's requirements) that can save lives and damage to property inflected by river floods. Moreover we provide real time water reservoir level and capacity. Awareness of governments and municipalities world wide is growing. Below is described a case ...

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