Special Issue "Hydroinformatics and Integrated Urban Water Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Christos Makropoulos
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Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: urban water management; water systems resilience; critical water infrastructure risk and security analysis; uncertainty quantification; multi-objective evolutionary optimization; decision support; long-term policy scenario development and system stress-testing
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Dr. Panagiotis Kossieris
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Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: urban water management; hydroinformatics and water analytics; uncertainty quantification and modelling; stochastic modelling and simulation; system analysis and optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban water systems are characterized by high complexity and are composed of different types of interconnected infrastructures supporting multiple critical services. These systems are continuously stressed by uncertainties in the supply (e.g., climate crisis) and demand (e.g., urbanization, geopolitical changes) side, the inevitable aging of water infrastructures, and the lack of related investments. To address the water-related challenges, smarter hydroinformatics applications, digital services, and tools are continuously being developed and deployed to support the integrated management of urban water systems. Such developments have been substantially fostered by the ever-increasing deployment of information and communication technologies (ICT), advances in computational power, and the continuous expansion of AI/ML solutions in the water sector. The ongoing research activities and solutions are extended to a wide spectrum of interconnected and overlapping fields in the realm of hydroinformatics, which can be broadly categorized into:

  • ICT services which unfold new streams of water-related information, along with information platforms and digital solutions able to process, manage, analyze, and visualize large amounts of data in real-time, such as Digital Twins;
  • Decentralized infrastructures and technologies, along with solutions for their monitoring and remote control, and methodologies for their modeling and simulation;
  • Analytics, including stochastic analysis and simulation methods, optimization tools, artificial intelligence, and machine learning models;
  • Integrated modeling frameworks, capturing the interactions between centralized and distributed infrastructure solutions, the integrations between natural and engineered infrastructure systems and interplay with the users, the integration between the physical and cyber layer of water systems;
  • New forms of interactive and immersive decision making, such as serious games and augmented reality applications;
  • New design concept and strategies, such as resilience, to allow the more realistic evaluation of water systems under stress testing;
  • New data standardization approaches to accelerate the development of integrated smart solutions.

This Special Issue is intended to bring together the latest developments and research efforts on the abovementioned key domains of hydroinformatics applications that focus especially on the integrated management of urban water.

Prof. Dr. Christos Makropoulos
Dr. Panagiotis Kossieris
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • whole cycle urban water models
  • integrated urban water management
  • water analytics
  • digital services
  • resilience
  • cybersecurity
  • asset management
  • decentralised technologies
  • digital twins
  • critical infrastructure security and safety

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Generic Framework for Downscaling Statistical Quantities at Fine Time-Scales and Its Perspectives towards Cost-Effective Enrichment of Water Demand Records
Water 2021, 13(23), 3429; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/w13233429 - 03 Dec 2021
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The challenging task of generating a synthetic time series at finer temporal scales than the observed data, embeds the reconstruction of a number of essential statistical quantities at the desirable (i.e., lower) scale of interest. This paper introduces a parsimonious and general framework [...] Read more.
The challenging task of generating a synthetic time series at finer temporal scales than the observed data, embeds the reconstruction of a number of essential statistical quantities at the desirable (i.e., lower) scale of interest. This paper introduces a parsimonious and general framework for the downscaling of statistical quantities based solely on available information at coarser time scales. The methodology is based on three key elements: (a) the analysis of statistics’ behaviour across multiple temporal scales; (b) the use of parametric functions to model this behaviour; and (c) the exploitation of extrapolation capabilities of the functions to downscale the associated statistical quantities at finer scales. Herein, we demonstrate the methodology using residential water demand records and focus on the downscaling of the following key quantities: variance, L-variation, L-skewness and probability of zero value (no demand; intermittency), which are typically used to parameterise a stochastic simulation model. Specifically, we downscale the above statistics down to a 1 min scale, assuming two scenarios of initial data resolution, i.e., 5 and 10 min. The evaluation of the methodology on several cases indicates that the four statistics can be well reconstructed. Going one step further, we place the downscaling methodology in a more integrated modelling framework for a cost-effective enhancement of fine-resolution records with synthetic ones, embracing the current limited availability of fine-resolution water demand measurements. Full article
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