A Decision Framework for Integrated Wetland-River Basin Management in a Tropical and Data Scarce Environment: UNESCO-IHE PhD Thesis, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Decision Framework for Integrated Wetland-River Basin Management in a Tropical and Data Scarce Environment

UNESCO-IHE PhD Thesis, 1st Edition

By Mijail Eduardo Arias Hidalgo

CRC Press

188 pages

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Traditionally, wetlands were considered separately from river basin systems. However, nowadays it is becoming common practice to follow an integrated approach in wetland-riverine watershed analysis and management. Such approach requires not only adequate representations of all relevant bio-physical parameters, but also of socio-political and economic indicators. Data scarcity, an endemic problem in developing countries, hampers this global process. In this study, both conventional methods and state-of-the-art techniques and data sources are explored.

A modelling framework is developed which includes rainfall-runoff processes, river hydrodynamics and water allocation models, seeking a balance between sophistication and simplicity, in view of data availability conditions. The framework was used to evaluate a number of scenarios, including potential effects of climatic variations and of the major hydraulic works that are planned by the national water authority. Several management options were assessed through this tool.

In addition, special indicators were developed to remedy the lack of sufficient quantitative information by using a qualitative approach based on expert elicitation and stakeholder involvement. A decision support framework was applied to achieve a final ranking of the various management solutions that are in compliance with the national policies, facilitating the further development of management guidelines for wetlands across the Ecuadorian lowlands.

The book will be of interest to water managers, hydro-informaticians/water modellers, people working at river basin authorities and Ministries of the environment.

Table of Contents


I Introduction

II The Abras de Mantequilla case study

III A simple pattern simulation in streamflow daily series

IV Ecohydraulics modelling of the AdM wetland-river system

V Stakeholder appreciation of management solutions

VI Decision Support Framework for the AdM wetland-river system

VII Conclusions and recommendations

VIII References


About the Author

Mijail Arias-Hidalgo was born (1979) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 2002 he graduated in Civil Engineering from the ESPOL Polytechnic University at Guayaquil. Since 1999 he has been working in consultancy firms in several areas such as foundation and pavement engineering, road drainage and road geometric design projects. In 2005, he joined a hydropower project in the Ecuadorian highlands as an inspector engineer.

From October 2006 to April 2008 he pursued a MSc. in Water Science & Engineering, specialization Hydroinformatics at UNESCO-IHE. This post-graduate stage was fulfilled with a scholarship granted by the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) finalizing with Cum Laude. His thesis analyzed the quality improvement of remotely sensed imagery. This was done through the development of source codes in MATLAB to read and filter the information and the appropriate selection of interpolation techniques to estimate missing data. The resulted imagery supplied an existent algae bloom model in order to compare the new results with the model using only in-situ data. The research was carried at Deltares Institute (former Delft Hydraulics).

Following his MSc. he undertook further research based on improving his thesis’ outcomes for publication until November 2008. Since then, he became a PhD student, fully involved in the WETWin project, 7th Framework Program –FP (November 2008-October 2011). His main duties were enclosed in the work packages 3, 6, 7 and 8 dealing with data collection, organization, gap analysis, water systems modeling, expert elicitation and decision support system. He is member of the International Association of Hydraulic Research (IAHR) and the Ecuadorian Civil Engineering Association (CIEC).

About the Series

IHE Delft PhD Thesis Series

IHE Delft PhD programme leads to a deepening of a field of specialisation. PhD fellows do scientific research, often with conclusions that directly influence their region. At IHE Delft, PhD researchers from around the world participate in problem-focused and solution-oriented research on development issues, resulting in an inspiring research environment. PhD fellows work together with other researchers from many countries dealing with topics related to water and the environment.

PhD research is often carried out in the ‘sandwich’ model. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are carried out in Delft, while actual research is done in the fellow’s home country, under co-supervision of a local institute. Regular contacts with the promotor are maintained through visits and long-distance communication. This enables researchers to employ solutions directly to problems in their geographical region.

IHE Delft PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a university. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognised in all parts of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply