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Hydraulic Structures : At the Heart of 21st Century Global Sustainable Development

Mulligan, Sean; Felder, Stefan; Pummer, Elena; Valero, Daniel ORCID iD icon 1; Heller, Valentin; Erbicum, Sebastien; Oertel, Mario; Bombardelli, Fabian; Crookstone, Brian
1 Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


For millennia, societal progress, health and prosperous economic growth has been closely linked to development of water infrastructure. Now in the 21st century, humankind faces some immense challenges including increasing and migrating populations, water and food security, damaged ecosystems, and a growing energy crisis, all coupled with the effects of climate change. Considering these challenges, future hydraulic structures must play a grander role in sustainable development through balanced preservation of societal, environmental, and economic goals collectively. This article showcases the positive contribution of hydraulic structures on these three pillars of global sustainable development through six newly defined thematic impact areas.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2023
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1388-3445
KITopen-ID: 1000158279
Erschienen in Hydrolink Magazine
Verlag International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)
Heft 1
Seiten 5-9
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