Study in Progress
Strategic Research for Integrated Water Resources ManagementWater Science and Technology Board
Strategic Research for Integrated Water Resources Management - Meeting #1 - 04/25/13Strategic Research for Integrated Water Resources Management - 06/03/13
Statement of Task
An ad hoc committee of the National Research Council (NRC) will conduct a study and prepare a report that will provide independent advice to The Water Institute of the Gulf, which was established in 2011 as a not-for-profit, independent research organization and is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This NRC project will focus on strategic research to support Integrated Water Resources Management.
The Institute's focus is on the lower Mississippi River and its delta and coastal region, but it also will draw upon ideas, technologies, and solutions from around the world in addressing local problems, and to export knowledge to address water management issues in deltaic and coastal systems globally. The Institute plans to conduct integrated research that explores linkages among natural science, engineering, and the dynamics of social and economic systems that underpin water management decisions. The Institute considers Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) to reflect these multi-disciplinary factors.
In advising the Institute, the NRC study committee will consider several issues that fall into three topical areas: 1) common problems and challenges, 2) strategic research, and 3) transferring and applying knowledge.
Common Problems and Challenges
- Discuss other prominent large deltaic and coastal systems focusing on why and how they may be analogous to and relevant to scientific issues and management decisions in the lower Mississippi River and delta system.
- Identify key challenges for IWRM in large deltaic systems in general, and types of research that can contribute to meeting these challenges.
- Discuss prominent lessons and promising IWRM practices from large river delta systems, including the lower Mississippi River, that can be applied broadly.
Strategic Research for IWRM
- Identify unmet research needs in the lower Mississippi River and its delta complex, and in large river/delta/coastal areas outside North America, for which opportunities exist for research to gain understanding necessary to further IWRM.
- Discuss promising approaches, including organizational structures and related processes, for identifying and integrating relevant multidisciplinary knowledge and skills into management decisions for large deltaic regions.
Transferring and Applying Knowledge
- How can the Institute utilize knowledge gained from the lower Mississippi River and delta system in developing a research program to support water management decisions in other large river/delta complexes?