Publications

Urban Water Series

Co-published by UNESCO and CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group

Series editors: Čedo Maksimović, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, J. Alberto Tejada-Guibert, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, Paris France, Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, Paris, France

The Urban Water Series - UNESCO-IHP addresses fundamental issues related to the role of water in cities and the effects of urbanization on the hydrological cycle and water resources. Focusing on the development of integrated approaches to sustainable urban water management, the series should inform the work of urban water management practitioners, policy-makers and educators throughout the world.

Download the Urban Water brochure for more details on the UNESCO-IHP Urban Water Series.

Urban Water Conflicts

Edited by Bernard Barraqué. 2012

The book presents several historical urban water conflict cases and illustration of changing conflict nature, including theoretical analysis of ecological-economic factors and cases in Spain, USA, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesian, India, Italy and Germany. The book is intended to provide a basis for urban water conflict solution guidelines.

Advanced Simulation and Modelling for Urban Groundwater Management - UGROW 

Edited by Dubravka Pokrajac and Ken Howard. 2010

This book presents the result of a project of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme on the topic. The book presents UGROW—a complete and fully integrated modelling package—for simulating urban water systems. As a decision-support tool for urban water management, it focuses on urban groundwater, but all other key urban water system elements are fully represented and seamlessly linked. The theory behind UGROW is thoroughly described in the book, with three case studies illustrating how UGROW can be applied in practice. A CDROM containing a fully functional version of UGROW is included in the book.

Integrated Urban Water Management : Humid tropics

Integrated Urban Water Management: Humid Tropics

Edited by Jonathan N. Parkinson, Joel A. Goldenfum and Carlos E.M. Tucci. 2010

Integrated Urban Water Management: Humid Tropics – the output of a project by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme on the topic – focuses on engineering aspects related to water supply, wastewater and stormwater management in the humid tropics. Flood control is dealt with, focusing on reducing vulnerability to flood disasters in urban areas. The book also addresses environmental health concerns related to the different components of the urban water system and proposes strategies for their control. It illustrates different aspects of integrated water management in the urban environment by drawing upon a set of case studies – predominantly from South America.

Integrated Urban Water Management: Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

Edited by Larry W. Mays. 2009

Integrated Urban Water Management: Arid and Semi-Arid Regions – the outcome of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme project on the topic – examines the integrated management of water resources in urban settings, focusing on issues specific to arid and semi-arid regions. The urban water management system is considered here as two integrated processes: water supply management and water excess management. The first six chapters provide an overview of the various aspects of IUWM in arid and semi-arid regions, with emphasis on water supply technologies, such as artificial recharge, water transfers, desalination, and rainwater harvesting. Water excess management is examined in the context of both stormwater management and floodplain management. Case studies from developed and developing countries are presented in order to emphasize the various needs and challenges of water management in urban environments in arid and semi-arid regions worldwide. These case studies include: Mexico City, Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Awash River Basin, Ethiopia; China; and Cairo, Egypt.

Urban Water Security: Managing Risks

Edited by Blanca Jiménez and Joan Rose. 2009

Urban Water Security: Managing Risks – the result of a project by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme on the topic – addresses issues associated with urban water risks. The first section of the volume describes risks associated with urban water systems and services. The volume then discusses the concept of risk management for urban water systems and explores different approaches to managing and controlling urban water risks. A concluding section presents case studies on managing urban water risks.

Aquatic Habitats in Sustainable Urban Water Management

Edited by Iwona Wagner, Jiri Marsalek and Pascal Breil. 2007

Aquatic Habitats in Sustainable Urban Water Management – the result of collaboration between UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and its Man and the Biosphere Programme – aims at improving our understanding of aquatic habitats, related ecosystem goods and services, and conservation and sustainable use – with a special focus on their integration into urban water management. The first part of this volume reviews basic concepts and challenges in urban aquatic habitats, as well as strategies for their management integration. The second part examines technical measures related to habitats management and rehabilitation, along with their incorporation into urban planning and their role in human health. The final part looks at current urban aquatic habitat issues and practical approaches to solving them through the lens of case studies from around the globe.

Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Management

Edited by Tim D. Fletcher and Ana Deletić. 2007

Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Managements – issuing from UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme project on this topic – is geared towards improving integrated urban water management by providing guidance on the collection, validation, storage, assessment and utilization of the relevant data. The first part of this volume describes general principles for developing a monitoring programme in support of sustainable urban water management. The second part examines in detail the monitoring of individual water cycle components. Two case studies in the final part illustrating attempts to deliver an integrated monitoring system help demonstrate the fundamental principles of sustainable urban water management elaborated here.

Urban Water Cycle Processes and Interactions

Authors: Jiri Marsalek, Bianca Jiménez-Cisneros, Per-Arne Malmquist, Joel Goldenfum and Bernard Chocat. 2007

 Urban Water Cycle Processes and Interactions represents the fruit of a project by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme on this topic. The volume begins by introducing the urban water cycle concept and the need for integrated or total management. It then explores in detail the manifold hydrological components of the cycle, the diverse elements of urban infrastructure and water services, and the various effects of urbanization on the environment – from the atmosphere and surface waters to wetlands, soils and groundwater, as well as biodiversity. A concluding series of recommendations for effective urban water management summarize the important findings set forth here.

Forthcoming books in the Urban Water Series:

Integrated Urban Water System Interactions

The book focuses on interactions between different components of urban water systems, including: water supply and distribution; wastewater treatment systems; and stormwater management.

IHP Non-Serial Publications in Hydrology

Capacity building for ecological sanitation: concepts for ecologically sustainable sanitation in formal and continuing education

GTZ, UNESCO. 2006

This publication deals with educational aspects and guidelines linked to ecosan capacity building. It is the result of a substantive collaborative effort between UNESCO’s IHP and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

Urban Water Conflicts: An analysis of the origins and nature of water-related unrest and conflicts in the urban context

UNESCO-IHP Non Serial Publications in Hydrology. 2006

This collection of essays is a new and systematic effort to survey the controversial aspect of the management and, in many cases, mismanagement of freshwater resources in an urban setting. It addresses and characterizes the conflicts that arise within large human settlements, due to the economic and social implications of access to and the use of basic water services. It also presents in-depth case studies from cities of various continents. This publication will prove useful to urban water policymakers, decision-makers, planners and managers throughout the world.

IHP Technical Document in Hydrology

Urban drainage in specific climates

UNESCO-IHP Technical Documents in Hydrology No. 40. 2001

The three-volume series on “Urban drainage in specific climates” is published within the framework of Theme 7: Integrated urban water management, Project 7.3 Integrated urban drainage modelling in different climates: tropical, arid and semi-arid and cold of the Fifth Phase of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. The three volumes of the series address urban drainage aspects in the humid tropics (Vol I), in cold climates (Vol II) and in arid and semi-arid climates (Vol III). The series is produced under the co-ordinating role of the regional subcentres for particular climates of IRTCUD (International Research and Training Centre on Urban Drainage), an organization established under the auspices of UNESCO.

 

Vol. I : Urban drainage in humid tropics

The emphasis of this volume is on cities in developing countries of the humid tropics, responding to two overriding factors: (1) the overwhelming majority of cities in this climatic zone are located in developing countries, particularly the largest and the fastest growing ones; and (2) the general lack information and guidelines on urban drainage there makes it an urgent task to disseminate existing experience and knowledge. Urban development of the cities in these countries is one of major challenges of the 21st century and the adoption of sound urban drainage practices is a key factor in the improvement of the quality of life for the population in these regions. The goal of this volume is to describe and systematize the already existing knowledge regarding urban drainage in the humid tropics and to provide guidelines in this respect.

 

Vol. II : Urban drainage in cold climates

This volume deals with cold climates and is a result of a team work by specialists of 10 countries. The topics covered include: Chapter 1 – an overview of the differences between rain and snow dominated hydrological regimes in urban settings; Chapter 2 – snow accumulation and the physics of snowmelt; Chapter 3 – storm hydrology and flood analysis; Chapter 4 – snow water quality and pollutant transport during snowmelt; Chapter 5 – maintenance and management of urban drainage systems and their interactions with other urban water systems; Chapter 6 – design and management of urban hydrological stations; Chapter 6 – ecological handling of stormwater and other innovative techniques for sustainable management of urban stormwater systems; and Chapter 7 – a general characterisation of cold climate in different regions and the relationship between climate and runoff.

 

Vol. III : Urban drainage in arid and semi-arid climates

This volume, dealing with urban drainage in arid and semi-arid climates, is part of a three-volume series on Urban Drainage in Specific Climates within the framework of Theme 7: Integrated urban water management, Project 7.3 Integrated urban drainage modelling in different climates: tropical, arid and semi-arid and cold of the Fifth Phase of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. The other two volumes of the series address urban drainage aspect in the Humid Tropics and in Cold Climates. The Editor of this volume is Prof. Mamdouh Nouh of Sharjah University, United Arab Emirates, having led a team of 13 leading international experts in the preparation of this volume.

 

Guidelines on non-structural measures in urban flood management

UNESCO-IHP Technical Documents in Hydrology No. 50. 2001

These Guidelines have been prepared within the framework of the Fifth Phase of UNESCO’s International Hydrologic Programme as a contribution to Theme 7: Integrated Urban Water Management, Project 7.1 Non-structural flood control measures to balance risk-cost-benefit in flood control management in urban areas. Flooding in cities originates from extreme high flows and stages in major neighbouring rivers as a result of extreme area-wide meteorological disturbances, as well as from local severe thunderstorms occurring over the urbanised areas. This document takes into account the physical damages and the consequences of pollution caused by urban flooding.

 

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