Special Issue "Prospects in Sustainable Water Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 May 2022.

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,

We are at a moment in history when ensuring the use of water in ways that meet both current and future socioeconomic and ecological demand is more important than ever. With increasing water and food demand worldwide, research is needed to help to provide relevant and timely information for managing water resources from local to global scales. As society faces increasing uncertainty and variability around climate, the sustainable management of precious water resources is a must to mitigate risks.

As such, this Special Issue aims synthesize state-of-the-art science around sustainable management of water resources with an eye to assessing the resilience and vulnerability of water as a resource. We invite studies highlighting ongoing and potential future efforts, mechanisms, and approaches explicitly targeting how to characterize and increase sustainability in connection with water resources. We especially seek studies that use approaches to managing land and natural environments in ways that balance social, economic, and ecological needs while considering the impact on water resources (both quantity and quality).

Articles on the following main themes (and other relevant topics) will be considered:

  • Integrated considerations of the social and biophysical aspects of water resources management;
  • Impact of agricultural intensification or habitat degradation on water resources considered through the lens of sustainability;
  • Characterizations of the current vulnerability and/or resilience of society to water as a fundamental resource;

Developments in sustainable water management, including those targeting techniques to improve water policy and governance.

Prof. Dr. Steve W. Lyon
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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 1900 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.


  • water resources management
  • resilience
  • vulnerability
  • water policy
  • ecosystem services
  • climate change mitigation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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