The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management

by Duane D. Baumann, Prof.; Dept. of Geography, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901,
Yacov Y. Haimes, (M.ASCE), Lawrence R. Quarles Prof.; Dept. of Systems Engrg., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22901,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-668-3 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-668-7 (ISBN-10), 1988, Soft Cover, Pg. 422

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Conference information: An Engineering Foundation Conference in conjunction with the Universities Council on Water Resources | Santa Barbara, California, United States | May 3-8, 1987

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


This volume contains the proceedings of the conference on The Role of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management. The topics addressed include obstacles to social science input in water resources management and the relationship between the social sciences and the engineering/hydrology interface. The roles of education, ideology, values, and preferences in water resources planning and management are explored. Various legal and institutional arrangements, the changes needed, and the impediments to change are discussed. Water resources economics, including economic incentives, pricing and financing, and urban and rural water planning and management are examined. Finally, the summary and recommendations discuss salient research needs and challenges in water management, as well as the importance of adding a social science dimension to the education of water resources engineers.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Social factors | Resource management | Education | Economic factors | Municipal water | Legal affairs


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