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Information Needs for Water Management

1st Edition

By Jos G. Timmerman

CRC Press

234 pages | 2 Color Illus. | 28 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2014-07-22
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This book provides the necessary elements to determine exactly what information should be collected to make the collected information relevant for policy makers. It highlights the dissatisfaction of information users about the information they get and the reasons for this dissatisfaction. It also discusses general issues around the role and use of information in policy making. The text then describes the how to develop a full understanding of the policy makers’ information needs and will describe how policy makers can be included in the process. Finally, the book describes how the results from this process are input for the information production process.

Table of Contents

Introduction ‐ setting the scene

Introduction to water monitoring

The water information gap

Policy problems and approaches to solve them


The link between monitoring and water management

What is monitoring?

The information cycle

Improving the information product

Application of the information cycle


How to develop the process

Frameworks to manage the process

The rugbyball methodology


Analyzing the water management situation

The need for a water management analysis

Human uses and ecological functioning


Function/Issue table

Legal obligations for monitoring

Criteria/targets for functions/uses and issues

Further measures, policies and action plans

Overview of management targets

Some examples of deriving information needs


Transforming water policy into information needs

The integrating decision‐model

Structured breakdown of functions and uses

Structured breakdown of cause‐effect relationships

Structured breakdown of measures

Working scheme


The next steps

Documenting the results

Finalizing the process

How to transform information needs into a monitoring strategy


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply