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Water at the Nexus of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Science

Edited by: Prof Michael Piasecki

Availability of and access to clean water is one of the central themes that is being discussed and researched by many on a global scale having garnered increased attention over the past couple of decades. It is not surprising therefore that water is considered a nexus at which many disciplines and interests intersect, be it hydrology, ecology, energy supply, public health, sociology, society in general, climatology, geology, economy, agronomy, and also, most importantly, politics. This first thematic series of Earth Perspectives collects contributions that highlight the pivotal role water plays in many societal settings as well as the earth sciences in general.


  1. Review

    The cost–greenhouse gas emission nexus for water distribution systems including the consideration of energy generating infrastructure: an integrated conceptual optimization framework and review of literature

    The increased release of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions associated with human activities causing climate change is one of the most significant problems faced by human-kind. Water distribution systems (WDS), wh...

    Christopher S Stokes, Angus R Simpson and Holger R Maier

    Earth Perspectives 2014 1:9

    Published on: 23 May 2014

  2. Research article

    Water security and national water law in Mexico

    This article develop analyses water security in Mexico, a country where global environmental change requires social, political and economic actors to protect natural resources and ecosystem services in order t...

    Úrsula Oswald Spring

    Earth Perspectives 2014 1:7

    Published on: 6 March 2014

  3. Synthesis

    Groundwater scarcity and conflict – managing hotspots

    The link between water scarcity and public unrest is a close one. Groundwater is the only viable resource in most arid and semi-arid environments that can sustain rural and urban populations. Periodic drought ...

    Nicholas S Robins and James Fergusson

    Earth Perspectives 2014 1:6

    Published on: 12 February 2014

  4. Research article

    Assessing preferences regarding centralized and decentralized water infrastructure in post-earthquake Leogane, Haiti

    Though the benefits of centralized water systems (e.g. improved publichealth, environmental protection, streamlined operations, economy of scale, reliability) are well known, these systems are not always feasi...

    Heather C Galada, Franco A Montalto, Patrick L Gurian, Mimi Sheller, Tibebu B Ayalew and Stephen O'Connor

    Earth Perspectives 2014 1:5

    Published on: 12 February 2014