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AQUA - Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society Special Issue on

Climate-Resilient Water Infrastructure Design in a Non-Stationarity World



Climate change has triggered the addition of non-stationary features into hydroclimatic datasets, altering extreme hydrometeorological and climate events' severity, frequency, and intensity. Water infrastructure has been traditionally designed under a stationary climate assumption, which has become invalid and led to underestimating failure risks in a changing environment. The increasing failure risks for water infrastructure can bring losses to society, economy and the environment. In order to safeguard our hydraulic infrastructure, the traditional design practices should be revisited. However, our contemporary understanding of the impacts of changing climate on critical infrastructures still needs to be improved. Hence, knowledge of climate change's effects on water infrastructure is needed to increase preparedness, decrease risk, and enhance disaster resilience. Accordingly, the hydrologic design tools like intensity-duration-frequency (IDF), flood frequency (FF), temperature- duration- frequency (TDF), drought severity-duration-frequency (SDF), and flow duration curves or hazard maps need updates, accounting for and introducing non-stationarity features.


This Special Issue on 'Climate-Resilient Water Infrastructure Design in a Non-Stationarity World' aims to generate a compendium of knowledge through original research articles and reviews that could trigger the advancement of science and innovation for water infrastructure management in our changing world.


Relevant topics include:

  • Non-stationary hydrological records
  • Non-stationary frequency analysis of hydrological extremes
  • Innovative methods for non stationary hydrological modeling and extremes
  • Non-Stationarity in Urban systems
  • Design of Urban drainage systems under non-stationarity conditions
  • Developing hydrologic design tools like IDF, SDF, FF, TDF curves under non-stationarity
  • Climate resilient water infrastructure
  • Advancements in Extreme value formulations and Copulas
  • Multivariate hydrological design methods
  • Uncertainty analysis of hydrological extremes
  • Risk and reliability analysis of water infrastructure under climate non stationarity
  • Impacts of Climate change induced hazards on water infrastructure
  • Water infrastructure policy design and implementation in a non-stationary world


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: November 30th, 2024

Expected publication: Articles will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance


Guest Editors:

Adarsh Sankaran, TKM College of Engineering Kollam, India

Francisco Munoz Arriola, Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to AQUA – Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – Special Issue: Climate Resilient Water Infrastructure. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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