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Title: An integrated modelling framework to assess long-term impacts of water management strategies steering soil subsidence in peatlands

Abstract

Around the world many peatlands are managed unsustainably. Drainage of the peat causes soil subsidence and a range of negative societal impacts. Integrated strategies are required to ensure more sustainable long-term settings, based on impact assessment models that simulate the interrelated dynamics of water management and soil subsidence, and determine the spatial and temporal range of societal impacts. This paper presents an integrated modelling framework that meets these requirements. We used the framework to assess the impacts of a range of water management strategies in Dutch peatlands. Average soil subsidence rates were shown to range from 0.6 to 4.5 mm·y{sup −1}, resulting in marked differences in societal impacts that affect stakeholders unequally. Moreover, the impacts on real estate damage and water system maintenance revealed inverse trends that result in increasingly unbalanced cost-benefit ratios. The generated insights led the regional water authority to change their current water management strategy, preventing unsustainable future developments. We find the results relevant for improving stakeholders' awareness of long-term impacts of management strategies, and making negotiation processes on goals, means, and possible future pathways more transparent. - Highlights: •We developed an integrated modelling framework to support peatland management. •We used the case of Dutch peatlands tomore » illustrate the added value of the framework. •Spatial patterns and temporal trends show how stakeholders are affected unequally. •The results were used to improve water management strategies.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ; ;  [1]
  1. Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80.115, 3508 TC Utrecht (Netherlands)
  2. (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22701672
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 66; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2017 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 02 PETROLEUM; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; GROUND SUBSIDENCE; PETROLEUM; SIMULATION; SOILS; WATER CURRENTS; WETLANDS

Citation Formats

Hardeveld, H.A. van,, Regional Water Authority Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden, P.O. Box 550, 3990 GJ Houten, Driessen, P. P.J., Schot, P. P., and Wassen, M. J. An integrated modelling framework to assess long-term impacts of water management strategies steering soil subsidence in peatlands. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.007.
Hardeveld, H.A. van,, Regional Water Authority Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden, P.O. Box 550, 3990 GJ Houten, Driessen, P. P.J., Schot, P. P., & Wassen, M. J. An integrated modelling framework to assess long-term impacts of water management strategies steering soil subsidence in peatlands. United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.007.
Hardeveld, H.A. van,, Regional Water Authority Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden, P.O. Box 550, 3990 GJ Houten, Driessen, P. P.J., Schot, P. P., and Wassen, M. J. Fri . "An integrated modelling framework to assess long-term impacts of water management strategies steering soil subsidence in peatlands". United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.007.
@article{osti_22701672,
title = {An integrated modelling framework to assess long-term impacts of water management strategies steering soil subsidence in peatlands},
author = {Hardeveld, H.A. van, and Regional Water Authority Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden, P.O. Box 550, 3990 GJ Houten and Driessen, P. P.J. and Schot, P. P. and Wassen, M. J.},
abstractNote = {Around the world many peatlands are managed unsustainably. Drainage of the peat causes soil subsidence and a range of negative societal impacts. Integrated strategies are required to ensure more sustainable long-term settings, based on impact assessment models that simulate the interrelated dynamics of water management and soil subsidence, and determine the spatial and temporal range of societal impacts. This paper presents an integrated modelling framework that meets these requirements. We used the framework to assess the impacts of a range of water management strategies in Dutch peatlands. Average soil subsidence rates were shown to range from 0.6 to 4.5 mm·y{sup −1}, resulting in marked differences in societal impacts that affect stakeholders unequally. Moreover, the impacts on real estate damage and water system maintenance revealed inverse trends that result in increasingly unbalanced cost-benefit ratios. The generated insights led the regional water authority to change their current water management strategy, preventing unsustainable future developments. We find the results relevant for improving stakeholders' awareness of long-term impacts of management strategies, and making negotiation processes on goals, means, and possible future pathways more transparent. - Highlights: •We developed an integrated modelling framework to support peatland management. •We used the case of Dutch peatlands to illustrate the added value of the framework. •Spatial patterns and temporal trends show how stakeholders are affected unequally. •The results were used to improve water management strategies.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.06.007},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = ,
volume = 66,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}