World Water Day 2022

World Water Day is on 22 March every year. It is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993, that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. A core focus of World Water Day is to inspire action towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

This year’s theme is ‘groundwater’ and draws attention to the hidden water resource that has always been critically important but not fully recognized in sustainable development policymaking. Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical.  We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind. 

To raise awareness on sustaining groundwater, Elsevier presents a curated list of publicly available journal articles and book chapters. At Elsevier, we are advancing #SDG6 research and ensuring that #groundwater is sustainably explored, analyzed, and monitored.

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One Earth, Volume 4, 19 February 2021

This article examines how improved water security affects the success of other SDGs, when all the goals are examined simultaneously.
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Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Volume 100, August 2017

Calibrated models can reasonably capture descriptions between input and output variables and can thus be used to estimate long term groundwater levels.
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Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 77, February 2022

This paper presents a water resilience assessment framework that includes a set of resilience indicators that will guide in building urban water resilience.
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One Earth, Volume 4, 19 March 2021

A hydro-economic assessment of the headwaters of the Nile River revealed the upstream-downstream linkages and interconnections among socio-economic development, climate change, and the environment.
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International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 35, April 2019

Groundwater storage (GWS) – a hidden resource underneath the land surface, plays a critical role in sustaining irrigated agriculture in these river basins, particularly during the dry season when rice crops are generally grown in irrigated lands across South Asia. Although monitoring of groundwater levels has been operational in the region for a number of decades, a basin-wide comprehensive assessment of GWS is lacking in most river basins.
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Materials Today Advances, Volume 13, March 2022

In this review, the authors summarize the latest understanding on the detection, concentration, and evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.
Figure showing the great variety of common pollutants and pollutants of emerging concern in water.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 29, June 2021

Pharmaceuticals are an important group of potential EDCs (endocryne disrupting compounds) in groundwater and surface water. Photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals and organic contaminants is described for nanotubular structures.
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Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Volume 112, August 2019

This paper relates to remote sensing of water use and water stress in the African savanna ecosystem at a local scale, as well as the development and validation of a monitoring tool.
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Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 634, 15 September 2021

This paper touches upon virus removal technology for groundwater remediation.
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Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Volume 115, February 2020

The use of crop evapotranspiration data has allowed the estimation of crop water requirements and consumptive groundwater use.

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