Contributions of transdisciplinary approaches to hydrology and water resources management
Contributions of transdisciplinary approaches to hydrology and water resources management
Editor(s): Gemma Carr, Sharlene L. Gomes, Leon Hermans, Tobias Krueger, Eric Lindquist, Thomas Thaler, and Louise Slater
As the Panta Rhei initiative enters its 4th biennium, we need to remind ourselves that a scientific decade on change in hydrology and society requires the perspectives of those disciplines that have traditionally been concerned with society, the social and policy sciences, as well as society itself. While interdisciplinary conversations have been happening to some extent, transdisciplinary endeavours remain largely undocumented. The type of transdisciplinarity we are interested in here engages, broadly speaking, academic and non-academic perspectives in knowledge production. In this respect, transdisciplinarity is closely related to the traditions of participatory research, public participation and participatory action research. It may actively include stakeholders from different social sectors. Academic and non-academic actors are seen as experts who can collaboratively create new knowledge. These actors may possess different processes of problem solving and communication channels, which are seen as complementary or their conflict as productive. A key challenge is to understand and bring together the different stakeholders to constructively develop innovative and transformative solutions in current policy planning, for instance in drought management, flood risk management, land management or delta management. Under-researched issues in this regard include roles, expectations and motivations of actors in transdisciplinary projects, framing conflicts, power imbalances, actor representation, path dependencies, professional constraints, and inflexibility of research funding and contracting. We encourage contributions with critical reflections of success stories, but we also strongly welcome failed or limited attempts at transdisciplinarity from which we can learn how to advance transdisciplinary science in water and hydrology. Transnational knowledge exchange regarding impacts of different transdisciplinary projects in different contexts will be beneficial in this respect.

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12 Oct 2022
Cooperation under conflict: participatory hydrological modeling for science policy dialogues for the Aculeo Lake
Anahi Ocampo-Melgar, Pilar Barría, Cristián Chadwick, and Cesar Rivas
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 5103–5118,,, 2022
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13 Jun 2022
The role of multi-criteria decision analysis in a transdisciplinary process: co-developing a flood forecasting system in western Africa
Judit Lienert, Jafet C. M. Andersson, Daniel Hofmann, Francisco Silva Pinto, and Martijn Kuller
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2899–2922,,, 2022
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02 May 2022
To which extent are socio-hydrology studies truly integrative? The case of natural hazards and disaster research
Franciele Maria Vanelli, Masato Kobiyama, and Mariana Madruga de Brito
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2301–2317,,, 2022
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29 Apr 2022
Power and empowerment in transdisciplinary research: a negotiated approach for peri-urban groundwater problems in the Ganges Delta
Leon M. Hermans, Vishal Narain, Remi Kempers, Sharlene L. Gomes, Poulomi Banerjee, Rezaul Hasan, Mashfiqus Salehin, Shah Alam Khan, A. T. M. Zakir Hossain, Kazi Faisal Islam, Sheikh Nazmul Huda, Partha Sarathi Banerjee, Binoy Majumder, Soma Majumder, and Wil A. H. Thissen
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2201–2219,,, 2022
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11 Mar 2022
A review of the applicability of the motivations and abilities (MOTA) framework for assessing the implementation success of water resources management plans and policies
John Conallin, Nathan Ning, Jennifer Bond, Nicholas Pawsey, Lee J. Baumgartner, Dwi Atminarso, Hannah McPherson, Wayne Robinson, and Garry Thorncraft
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1357–1370,,, 2022
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18 Feb 2022
The limits to large-scale supply augmentation: exploring the crossroads of conflicting urban water system development pathways
Jonatan Godinez Madrigal, Nora Van Cauwenbergh, Jaime Hoogesteger, Pamela Claure Gutierrez, and Pieter van der Zaag
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 885–902,,, 2022
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13 Dec 2021
Barriers to mainstream adoption of catchment-wide natural flood management: a transdisciplinary problem-framing study of delivery practice
Thea Wingfield, Neil Macdonald, Kimberley Peters, and Jack Spees
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 6239–6259,,, 2021
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15 Mar 2021
Multi-level storylines for participatory modeling – involving marginalized communities in Tz'olöj Ya', Mayan Guatemala
Jessica A. Bou Nassar, Julien J. Malard, Jan F. Adamowski, Marco Ramírez Ramírez, Wietske Medema, and Héctor Tuy
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1283–1306,,, 2021
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19 Oct 2020
Unraveling intractable water conflicts: the entanglement of science and politics in decision-making on large hydraulic infrastructure
Jonatan Godinez-Madrigal, Nora Van Cauwenbergh, and Pieter van der Zaag
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4903–4921,,, 2020
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