Water System Adaptation to Hydrological Changes: Module 1, Introduction to Water System Adaptation

Contemporary water management requires resilience, the ability to meet ever increasing water needs, and capacity to adapt to abrupt or transient changes in water quality and availability. For this purpose, effective adaptation to extreme hydrological events (e.g. intense storms, prolonged drought), infrastructure failures, or emergency situations coupled with shifting of land-use in watersheds (e.g. distribution of rural and developed lands, permeable surfaces) requires systematic technical approaches to simultaneously meet multiple water resource management objectives. The participants are expected to broaden their knowledge about sustainable water systems and analyze/develop adaptation options that concurrently address the security, availability and quality of water supplies and supporting infrastructures under different constraints. The co-benefits of recovering resources, such as carbon, nitrogen, embedded heat, and embedded water will also be incorporated into the hierarchy of adaptation options.