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Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews:
Water
Volume 6 Issue 4 (July 2019)
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Opinion

Can we calculate drought risk… and do we need to?
Published Online: Apr 16 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1349
Comparing drought risks around the world is trickier than for other natural hazards, such as floods or earthquakes, because the impacts of droughts are hard to define. Nonetheless, metrics of hydro‐climatic variability and socio‐economic vulnerability can help to inform drought risk management policies.
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Primer

Southern Mesopotamia: Water and the rise of urbanism
Published Online: May 26 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1362
Map of southern Iraq, showing ancient sites and channels along with major ancient cities. Channel data and sites (courtesy of Jaafar Jotheri and Carrie Hritz; Reprinted with permission from Jotheri (2016). Copyright 2016 Durham University; Adams (1981); Copyright 1981 University of Chicago Press; Wright (1981). Copyright 1981 University of Chicago Press)
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Overviews

Water as a weapon and casualty of armed conflict: A review of recent water‐related violence in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen
Published Online: Jun 04 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1351
The Tigris and Euphrates basin is shared by Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran (with a small portion of the watershed in Saudi Arabia and Jordan). Many major dams now regulate and divert the flow of these rivers. These facilities, and the water delivery systems associated with the rivers, have become significant targets and weapons of armed conflict in the region in recent years.
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Water governance and justice in Cape Town: An overview
Published Online: May 26 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1354
Cape Town's water crisis was triggered by a 3‐year drought leaving reservoirs with just 10% usable water. Thanks to a joint effort by government, residents, and businesses, water used dropped massively and household taps remained open until winter rains replenished dam levels.
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Integrating human behavior dynamics into drought risk assessment—A sociohydrologic, agent‐based approach
Published Online: Apr 22 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1345
Combining agent‐based (purple), sociohydrologic (orange), and drought risk (green) modelling techniques provides a generalized framework that can be used across a range of research questions. The intention of such a framework is to better represent individual and collective behaviors and their role in shaping drought risk projections.
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Advanced Reviews

Monitoring the effectiveness of floodplain habitat restoration: A review of methods and recommendations for future monitoring
Published Online: Jun 03 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1355
Published literature on the floodplain restoration effectiveness monitoring was reviewed to provide historic and current monitoring methods and guidance for future monitoring and evaluation of floodplain restoration projects.
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Causative classification of river flood events
Published Online: May 26 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1353
Different perspectives and scales of existing causative classifications of river flood events. (Reprinted with permission from Bárdossy and Pegram (2011). Copyright 2011 Wiley and Nied et al. (2014). Copyright 2014 CC BY)
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Monitoring the riverine pulse: Applying high‐frequency nitrate data to advance integrative understanding of biogeochemical and hydrological processes
Published Online: Apr 16 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1348
High‐frequency measurements of NO3− in rivers are improving understanding of the influence of hydrological and biogeochemical processes during high flow and within stream channels.
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Focus Articles

Planning for ecological drought: Integrating ecosystem services and vulnerability assessment
Published Online: May 23 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1352
Overlap and exclusion of ES inventory and impacts from vulnerability interviews.
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The changing water cycle: The eco‐hydrologic impacts of forest density reduction in Mediterranean (seasonally dry) regions
Published Online: May 07 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1350
Key factors influencing how density reduction alters water resources and vegetation water use, productivity and health
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Reviewing benefits and costs of hydropower development evidence from the Lower Mekong River Basin
Published Online: Apr 11 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1347
Dams that are commissioned, under construction, or planned for the Mekong Basin.
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