Journal article

A framework for incorporating social processes in hydrological models

Zhixiang Lu, Yongping Wei, Qi Feng, Andrew W Western, Sha Zhou

CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Earth's surface has undergone dramatic changes due to the intensification of human activities. In turn, humans modify their behavior in response to environmental change. Conventional hydrological models do not represent such coupled human–water systems. This paper proposes a socio-hydrological water balance framework for analyzing the behavior of the sociohydrologic system in terms of water allocation between social system and ecological system. This proposed socio-hydrological framework will help develop a quantitative understanding of co-evolutionary processes in river basins from a social and ecological systems perspective.

Grants

Awarded by Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by National Key Research and Development Program


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No: 41601036, 41571031), 'Light of West China' Program of CAS, the Australian Research Council (Project No: FT130100274), and the National Key Research and Development Program (Project No: 2017YFC0404305, 2016YFSF0302481). We thank Yan Zhao from the School of Earth and Environmental Science, the University of Queensland and Hang Zhang from the School of Environment and Civil Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology for providing good suggestions, and the two referees as well as the editors for providing valuable comments.