water science Articles

  • Sustainable water resource management: the science behind the scene

    Working in the field of research is—in very many respects—challenging and intriguing. In fact, we as researchers are eager to challenge the unknown although we never can reach the ultimate truth. The most we can hope to accomplish is to draw, on the basis of new evidence and understanding, a model of the world that brings us closer to reality than any previous model. Progress along this road is ...


    By Springer

  • SG Global Trends and Challenges in Water Science and Research

    IWA has newly published: Global Trends & Challenges in Water Science, Research and Management: A compendium of hot topics and features from IWA Specialist Groups. IWAs 52 Specialist Groups are the key forum within IWA for knowledge generation and dissemination. This report is a culmination of discussions with each Specialist Group on the current ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Science cruising the Arctic sea

    NILU is representing the Norwegian contribution to the international group of European scientists that will study the detection of trace organic contaminants and mercury species in the remote environments of the Northern Hemisphere, when the German vessel “Polarstern” – a large-scale floating laboratory – is setting out for a research tour in Arctic waters around Spitzbergen this ...

  • The Science Behind the U.S. Drought

    Heat and drought continue to blanket the United States, leaving 54 percent of the nation’s pasture and rangeland, 38 percent of its corn crop, and 30 percent of soybeans in “poor” or “very poor” condition. As of the end of June, 55 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate or extreme drought – the most ...

  • Environmental forensics: courting science?

    Forensics and hydrology are two terms that may not seem to go together well. To the uninitiated, this combination may evoke images of the crime scene investigation that ensues when some patsy goes into the drink wearing cement overshoes. Rather, the term environmental forensics, essentially the parent discipline of forensic hydrology, has found its way into contemporary parlance owing to ...


    By Hargis + Associates Inc

  • The dangers of separating science and environment

    We need to figure out a better way to communicate science that balances technology and nature. Does the natural world have any relevance to modern science? Of course it does; but sometimes it seems like that’s not the case. This is a myth perpetuated directly and indirectly through media, policy decisions, academic disciplines, even some science engagement initiatives: ...


    By Ensia

  • Linking Water Science to Policy: Results from a Series of National Workshops on Water

    To ensure science better informs the decision-making process, researchers and policy/program managers need to understand and respect each other's way of working, culture and operational timelines. However, there is little practical guidance on how this should be done and even less documented experience with specific mechanisms that better link these two groups. The published literature on ...


    By Springer

  • Advancing the Science of Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination

    Make the ultimate upgrade to Tersus Environmental, featuring EDS-ER™ combined with the power of Hydrogen Gas inFusion, the next evolution in Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination. There are a number of different hydrogen donors commercially available for enhanced reductive dechlorination projects. In evaluating your options, electron donor source cost can be misleading and it is important that ...


    By Tersus Environmental, LLC

  • Chromatography plays its part in turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

    Tomek Bagiński’s short film Ambition picks up on a fundamental drive of human kind, a thirst for knowledge and understanding, a thirst that can be sated through projects like Rosetta which are turning science fiction into science fact: Ambition the film Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions ...


    By Anthias Consulting Ltd.

  • Challenges in the use of science for sustainable development

    This paper summarises some of the challenges to science that are posed by the search for sustainability. These challenges are not only technical ones, such as more affordable or reliable equipment for health care, water quality control and refrigeration. There are also fundamental empirical and methodological challenges, such as complexity, irreversibility and uncertainty over the long term, that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Drinking Water: Understanding the science and policy behind a critical resource

    Water is one of those things that people usually take for granted—until it is either gone or unsuitable to drink. In 2007, residents in the southeastern United States were forced to take notice of water when extreme drought swept across the region. With no rain clouds on the horizon for months on end, lawns were shriveling and long-standing reservoirs were being sucked dry. Restaurants began ...

  • Water policy at science–policy interface – challenges and opportunities for India

    Water scarcity is a serious concern in emerging economies, as it impacts human development, livelihoods, environment and economic growth. Policies should be formulated in a way that reflects the problem of water scarcity and is oriented towards providing solutions. The science–policy interface can play a key role in translating scientific knowledge into policy action and in mitigating water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Membrane chemical cleaning: from art to science

    Membrane chemical cleaning is an integral part of operation for micro- and ultrafiltration systems in the water industry and has significant impact on process operations. However, this issue has not been adequately addressed primarily for two reasons: 1) cleaning protocols are typically recommended from membrane manufacturers and some cleaners are proprietary; 2) the issues of membrane fouling ...


    By Pall Corporation

  • Patterns of evolution of research strands in the hydrologic sciences

    This paper examines issues of impact and innovation in groundwater research by using bibliometric data and citation analysis.The analysis is based on 3120 papers from the journal Water Resources Research with full contents and their citation data from the ISI Web of Science. The research is designed to develop a better understanding of the way citation numbers can be interpreted by scientists. ...


    By Springer

  • Applied science drives commercial decision-making

    Site remediation has evolved from energy intensive, mechanically driven remediation processes to more effective and less expensive in-situ processes. The most common in-situ remediation technology is bioremediation although knowledge of in-situ chemical treatments has advanced significantly and it is now frequently implemented on contaminated sites. Microorganisms in the ground have the ability ...


    By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Knowing power grids and understanding complexity science

    Complex networks theory has been well established as a useful framework for studying and analysing structure, dynamics and evolution of many complex systems. Infrastructural and man–made systems like power grids, gas and water networks and the internet, have been also included in this network framework, albeit sometimes ignoring the huge historical body of knowledge surrounding them. Although ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sanitation under challenge: contributions from the social sciences

    This paper reviews the contribution the social sciences can make to the challenge of providing access to sustainable sanitation services and infrastructures for billions of people, in both the over- and underdeveloped parts of the world. The paper reviews and discusses three particular social scientific topics relevant for the sanitation challenge: the nature of socio-technical change, the issue ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Science and Environmental Law Collaboration Across the Double Helix

    Keywords: Science and environmental law scholarship, interdisciplinary collaboration, history of science and environmental law, science and judges, law and science, risk and precaution, science and policymaking, reflexive learning and interdisciplinary working Abstract: Science engages both substantially and methodologically with environmental law more than with any ...


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