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Special Issue "Global Water Vulnerability and Resilience"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Steve W. Lyon
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Guest Editor
School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Interests: hydrology; water resources; sustainable development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Humanity is facing a broad range of development challenges with rapid urbanization, degradation and loss of natural capital and ecosystem services, climate change and associated increase of natural disaster risks. Water is paramount across these challenges—particularly at the extremes, such as too much water (floods) or too little water (droughts), is a matter of life and death for millions of people globally. Flooding is becoming more frequent and more-costly around the world due, largely, to the effects of a changing climate and continued development in flood prone areas. Over-allocation of water and increasing demands, coupled with increasing duration and frequency of drought, exacerbate water resource scarcity. To address these problems, we need to first consider current vulnerability and resilience of society to water across scales, globally, before we can target solutions. As such, this Special Issue aims synthesize the state-of-the-art science around assessing the resilience and vulnerability of water, as both a resource and a threat for society. Further, we invite studies highlighting ongoing and potential efforts, mechanisms, and approaches explicitly targeting how to increase resilience and/or decrease vulnerability around water. We anticipate that by gathering examples that use our best science to address the gap between water and people we can highlight ways forward to increase resilience and decrease vulnerability of water simultaneously as a resource for use and of water as a hazard to mitigate. Since we are looking for studies that highlight potential win–win strategies around assessment of global water vulnerability and resilience, articles on the following main themes (and other relevant topics) will be considered:

Characterizations of the current vulnerability and/or resilience of society to water as a fundamental hazard or resource.

Developments in science for planning and preparation of improvement of flood and drought impacts—including those targeting techniques to improve water policy and governance.

Approaches that increase water amounts during dry periods or decrease water amounts during wet periods—both modeled scenarios and on-the-ground examples.

Prof. Dr. Steve Lyon
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • flood
  • drought
  • water resources
  • water resilience
  • water vulnerability
  • nature-based solutions
  • water policy
  • sociohydrology
  • ecosystem services
  • climate change mitigation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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