David Saurí

David Saurí
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Departamento de Geografía

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Este artículo tiene por finalidad mostrar cómo la obra de Joan Mateu Bellés, en torno al funcionamientode los procesos geomorfológicos e hidrológicos y las actuaciones antrópicas que dan lugar a lasinundaciones en cuencas fluviales mediterráneas, constituye una fuente de conocimiento básica para eldiseño e implementación de las llamadas soluciones...
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L’objectiu d’aquest article és aportar elements per a la reflexió al voltant de les desigualtats que es donen entre el nord global i el sud global pel que fa a l’accés a l’aigua i el sanejament en condicions de seguretat, fiabilitat i assequibilitat. Les Nacions Unides ja van declarar l’any 2010 l’accés a l’aigua i al sanejament com un dret humà. M...
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Environmental challenges, social issues, and political structures intersect in urban areas pressing the agenda to achieve sustainability and urban resilience. However, their interaction remains insufficiently acknowledged and explored, without enough attention to how the urban environment mismatches or contradicts the living conditions of citizens...
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We explore responses of water supply providers during the first stage of the Covid-19 pandemic in Arequipa, Peru, contrasting actions by the public water company, dominant in the city core, and by neighbourhood associations, dominant in the unplanned periphery. The water company implemented instalment payments, the suspension of water shutoffs and...
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Designing and implementing innovative and effective policies to reduce domestic water demand is vital to enhance sustainability of cities. Past research has shown that Time-of-Use Tariffs (TOUT) is a powerful tool to reduce water consumption in urban settings. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of this dynamic water pricing approach might be influence...
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The history of hydraulic infrastructures is plagued with failures often with catastrophic consequences. Although the agency of water in disasters has been widely documented less well known are the substances in water such as salt that may cause infrastructural collapse and harm humans, flora and fauna. In the Llobregat River Basin (Barcelona), a 12...
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Much has been debated regarding the environmental and economic aspects that conform the pillars of sustainability in nature-based solutions (NbSs). However, the social implications are lagging behind in both theory and practice. NbSs are not inherently socially and environmentally just and they might not work for or benefit everyone. On the contrar...
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The everyday difficulties faced by working-class women, including access to food, are aggravated in critical periods, such as wars and economic crises. However, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was accompanied by a revolution, in the Republican zones, where women opened spaces for their emancipation. By examining social reproduction practices surr...
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Water poverty is a multidimensional concept open to a variety of definitions. In this paper, we focus on the affordability component of water poverty which emerges as the most relevant dimension of water poverty in the developed world where an increasing number of households are unable to afford the price of water. As in energy poverty, this degrad...
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La agricultura urbana es clave en momentos en que la seguridad alimentaria se encuentra amenazada, como es el caso de los conflictos bélicos, que alteran los sistemas de producción, conservación, transporte y distribución de alimentos. Durante las dos guerras mundiales, distintos gobiernos movilizaron a la población civil para participar en la prod...
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Using a socioenvironmental perspective, this paper analyses strategies of water demand management (WDM) in Arequipa, Peru, and their perception by residents through a survey of six city districts (three in the core and three on the periphery) complemented with interviews with key stakeholders. The results show significant differences in WDM. Strate...
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In this paper, we present an agent-based model for exploring the interplay of basic structural and socio-cognitive factors and conventional water saving measures in the evolution of domestic water use in metropolitan areas. Using data of Barcelona, we discuss three scenarios that involve plausible demographic and cultural trends. Results show that,...
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This paper analyses the water-energy nexus (WEN) in hotels and recreational activities of Benidorm, a mass tourism resort on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. A survey was administered to a sample of three- and four-star hotels to estimate (1) water and energy consumption; (2) energy consumption for water uses, and (3) trade-offs between water and e...
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Cities in developing countries are going through an unprecedented process of urbani zation that is reconfiguring their water supply systems. On the one hand, urbanization favors the expansion of formal water networks but on the other it also must resort to informal practices (pipe trucks, public pylons, etc.) especially in peripheral settlements. U...
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Investigations of the quality and satisfaction of urban life in informal settlements remain largely overlooked in the existing literature especially in developing countries. About one-fifth of Afghanistan population is living in urban areas, however, the trend is changing very fast and the country observes now one of the highest urbanization rates...
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Covid-19 has come to intersect with water poverty exacerbating the impacts on vulnerable households. To address the pandemic's impacts, both public entities and water companies have undertaken different actions in what concerns water provision. In Spain, the national government prohibited disconnecting households from energy (electricity, gas) and...
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The objective of this article is to analyze from a historical perspective the impacts of floods in the Ter river basin of North-Eastern Catalonia between 1900 and 2020. The analysis focuses on the three factors that, according to the IPCC, intervene in the definition of vulnerability, namely exposure, susceptibility and adaptive capacity. The analy...
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Urban rainwater management is the terrain of varied initiatives that challenge existing drainage systems. The initiatives that this article refers to as Urban Rainwater Harvesting (URH), promise a more sustainable urban water approach; however, they remain isolated “niche” projects. The article aims to investigate challenges and opportunities for m...
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This article addresses household strategies for coping with perceived tap water quality issues. By using a household survey (n = 581) in Catalonia (Spain) and three models, this article analyses the drivers and motivations behind the installation of in-home water treatment systems, and the use of bottled water for drinking and cooking. The main exp...
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Ski tourism in Catalonia has long been a fundamental socioeconomic asset for the Pyrenees region. However, in recent years some studies increasingly warn about the dubious future viability of most ski resorts as a result of climate change, and recommend the implementation of adaptation strategies for seasons in which snow maybe absent or insufficie...
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Le tourisme lié à la pratique du ski en Catalogne est depuis longtemps une ressource socioéconomique fondamentale pour la région des Pyrénées. Cependant, depuis quelques années, certaines études mettent de plus en plus en garde contre la viabilité douteuse de la plupart des stations de ski en raison du changement climatique et recommandent la mise...
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A plethora of socioenvironmental issues, and growing concerns over the effects of climate change, are forcing cities to rethink conventional urban water management practices. However, change towards more sustainable practices has been remarkably slow. This paper examines two cases of greening projects aimed at urban rehabilitation in Stockholm and...
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The city of Sant Cugat del Vallès (Spain) has made mandatory the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in new housing units with large gardens but also has provided subsidies to households to build these systems on a voluntary basis. We conducted a survey of households in both groups (mandatory and voluntary) to explore the effectiveness of...
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The persistence of urban floods and the inability of aging sewage infrastructure to deal with stormwater make sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDSs) one of the emerging paradigms in urban water management, in which stormwater is no longer a hazard but a resource. Although most of the global research has been done on the technical aspects of SUD...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of high intensity precipitation events in increasing the vulnerability to floods in Mediterranean Spain. Precipitation intensity in this area appears to have augmented in the last two decades in association with warming trends of the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, intense urbanization p...
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Water and energy vulnerability (WEV) in Barcelona continues to stir up social debates in Spain, as the social movement known as the Aliança contra pobresa energètica’ (English: Alliance against Energy Poverty; hereafter referred to as APE) champions the cause and raises awareness of water and energy rights of vulnerable families in Catalonia and be...
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p align="center"> El contexto geográfico del tratamiento y reutilización de aguas residuales: un análisis benchmarking para el litoral mediterráneo español Este artículo examina los tratamientos y la reutilización de las aguas residuales en Cataluña y Valencia a través de un análisis comparativo (benchmarking) de las intensidades energéticas de t...
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As cities will concentrate most of the world’s population and economic activities, so urban water demand will account for a large proportion of global water demand in the future. In contrast, recent empirical evidence indicates that water consumption in many cities of the developed world is declining. In this article, this decline in consumption is...
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Urban rainwater management is the terrain of varied initiatives that challenge existing drainage systems. The initiatives that this article refers to as Urban Rainwater Harvesting (URH), promise a more sustainable urban water approach; however, they remain isolated “niche” projects. The article aims to investigate challenges and opportunities for m...
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This article chronicles the complex, meandering, contested, and path-dependent unfolding of the remunicipalisation agenda pursued by a range of political forces and social movements in Barcelona as it has developed over the past few years. The remunicipalisation of water services management debate in the city has been marked by increasingly convolu...
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This paper focuses on the water-energy nexus in low income households. Water, electricity and gas constitute fundamental resources for households that interplay throughout many daily activities. However, in studies on household poverty, there is a tendency to treat water and energy separately. In this contribution, we argue for the joint considerat...
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Wastewater treatment and the generation of recycled water for eventual reuse are raising important expectations worldwide as a resource of interest to solve future water needs. In this review, we first acknowledge the important technical advances made in relation to wastewater treatment although we also point out some of the current challenges face...
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Water consumption may be declining in tourist centres and cities of the Western Mediterranean. The paper presents data showing the decrease of water consumption in the mass tourism resort of Benidorm, Spain, between 2005 and 2014, estimates the influence of factors such as hotel size and hotel category in this reduction, and attempts to discern to...
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The scientific literature distinguishes between primary or natural and secondary or human-induced salinization. Assessing this distinction is of vital importance to assign liabilities and responsibilities in pollution cases and for designing the best policy and management actions. In this context, actors interested in downplaying the role of certai...
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There is increasingly more evidence showing that domestic water consumption is decreasing in many urban areas of the developed world. A large and heterogeneous set of factors may explain this decrease, ranging from structural phenomena, such as changes in the composition of urban populations or in the economic basis of cities to the implementation...
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Al Ain, located in the United Arab Emirates, is an example of medium-sized desert city with rapid urban growth guided by two master plans from the 1980s. The present study is an empirical contribution to analyse the spatial-temporal land-use and land-cover (LULC) dynamics from 1984 to 2014 applying three different tools: i) a Base Map of Al Ain Tow...
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The energy intensity of water—‘energy (electricity)-for-water’—is calculated for Benidorm, a mass tourism resort in the Spanish Mediterranean coast, where the urban water cycle has evolved in response to a series of episodes of water stress. The analysis is based on primary data compiled from various actors involved in the urban water cycle encompa...
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Studies addressing outdoor water use in residential areas rely on surveying methods, the manual digitization of aerial imagery and remote sensing-based approaches to estimate water consumption by different land uses. Publicly available cadastral data potentially offer a more efficient avenue for researchers to obtain information on land use paramet...
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Cities everywhere, and especially those located in coastal areas, grow and change rapidly, reconfiguring in many cases through successful urban development strategies. Tourism specialization is considered a driver of urban transformation and environmental change. A key challenge facing cities for years to come will be understanding the critical rol...
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Floods, in all their distinct varieties, have become the natural hazard of greatest impact around the globe. These phenomena once constituted natural processes more or less integrated in the everyday life of traditional societies for which they were many times a resource in the form of water, fertile lands and a plethora of other biotic components...
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____________________________________________________________________________ RESUMEN Investigaciones de ámbito nacional e internacional sobre turismo y cambio climático demuestran el interés creciente que esta relación suscita. En el Pirineo catalán, donde el turismo relacionado con la nieve es, aun más si cabe, un sector estratégico, resulta absol...
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Water consumption by households is influenced by a host of factors, widely investigated in the literature. However, the effects of contingent situations like drought episodes and economic crises, which may strongly restrict direct water use in households, remain less explored, and especially a combination of both. Catalonia, a Mediterranean region,...
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The mobilization of water has been key for the reconfiguration and modernization of the Spanish state. During the Francoist dictatorship (1939–1975), the hydro-social reengineering of Spain was central to Franco's political mission but failed to provide for subnational, regionalist aspirations which subsequently pursued their own agendas for water...
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Dispersed urbanisation promotes complex relationships between rural areas and the urban fringe, with emerging new functions for peri-urban agriculture (PUA). Although PUA is a type of productive farming of interest for urban planning due to its recognised functions, comparative analyses are needed to relate farm dynamics to fringe landscape modific...
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Our objective in this paper is to trace the historical trajectory of urban drainage in Barcelona from the 19th century to the present highlighting the main changes in approach, from the 'everything down the drain' philosophy of the 19th century to the sustainable urban drainage systems of the early 21st century. In this trajectory we identify four...
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Water flows through time are connected to specific instances of socionatural and sociotechnical assemblages of human and non-human components. We propose the concept of “water palimpsest” in order to characterize the complex histories of chemical and metabolic alterations embodied in water flows, potentially disruptive for humans and other living b...
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In this paper, we document and analyse the recent decline (2007–2013) in domestic water consumption in Barcelona. The postulates of ecological modernisation and market environmentalism celebrate these declines as an example of sustainable development, thanks to the combination of more efficient technologies and economic incentives. However, these i...
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Since the past few years, the smart city paradigm has been influencing sustainable urban water resources management. Smart metering schemes for end users have become an important strategy for water utilities to have an in-depth and fine-grained knowledge about urban water use. Beyond reducing certain labor costs, such as those related to manual met...
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Swimming pools are together an exemplificative outcome of urban sprawl and an indicator of socio-spatial polarizations in metropolitan regions. A comparative analysis of the spatial distribution of pools in three Mediterranean cities (Barcelona, Rome and Athens) provides an alternative reading of recent urbanization in southern Europe, questioning...
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Many Mediterranean areas have recently witnessed a proliferation of new urban and tourist-related features following low density residential patterns that contrast with the traditional high-density urban typologies of Mediterranean cities. The aim of this research is to investigate the links between residential tourism and wáter consumption through...
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Recent international research on the relationship between tourism and climate change demonstrates the growing interest in this area. And in Catalonia, where tourism is a strategic sector on the rise, there is a need to determine how future climate scenarios will affect the two main tourist sectors: sun and sand tourism and snow tourism. In this wor...
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Con ese artículo se pretende evidenciar el papel del Río en ciertos diálogos ambientales relevantes llevados a cabo durante los siglos XX y XXI, contextualizándolo en el diálogo mundial de las aguas, para evidenciar cómo han cambiado algunos ríos - de relevancia mundial, regional o local - en el mismo periodo. El objetivo principal trata de identif...
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This study analyzes the water quality indicators, held within a year hydrological 2014-2015, to diagnose the level of quality of the Hydrographic Basin waters of the Branco y Colorado River (a tributary of the river Guapore border between Bolivia and Rondônia / Brazil). Physical, chemical and bacteriological parameters of water quality was analy...
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The aim of this article is to highlight the role of the rivers in relevant environmental dialogues of the XX and XXI centuries, identifying how the river is contextualized in the dialogues regarding water worldwide and how much some of the rivers of world, regional and local relevance have changed in the same period. The main goal is to identify th...
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Harvested rainwater and recycled greywater are becoming new sources of water for urban areas. Together with demand-side management, their use can help to ease the pressure on conventional water resources. In the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, several municipalities have passed directives regulating the installation of rainwater harvesting and grey...
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Outdoor domestic water use is often targeted by demand management strategies. However, despite a rich empirical evidence base coming from primary studies, it is still unclear how factors that influence this type of demand interact and which are the most suitable to be addressed by water conservation programs. Based on 423 scientific contributions,...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the main changes regarding flood policy in Spain during the period 1983-2013, that is right after the large and very damaging episodes of 1982-1983 in Valencia, Catalonia and the Basque Country. Design/methodology/approach – This is above all a review paper that looks retrospectively at flood policy...
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espanolLas aguas de turbias desempenaron un papel fundamental en los paisajes agrarios tradicionales del sureste peninsular. En ellos, la escasez de precipitaciones unido a su torrencialidad, obligo a la adopcion de una sistematizacion de laderas y barrancos para aprovechar al maximo los caudales circulantes asociados a precipitaciones de cierta in...
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Water supply is a constraining factor in many mass tourist destinations, such as those of the Mediterranean region. Intensifying and increasingly frequent droughts in the context of climate change raise concerns about the sustainability of the tourist sector. Does the hotel sector respond to such concerns, and if yes, how? How do drought episodes a...
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Although Mediterranean cities have inherent differences on a local scale, together they offer a kaleidoscopic overview of distinctive morphologies and patterns of socio-spatial segregation. In this study, we explore the distribution of residential swimming pools as indicators of the use of land and water at the metropolitan scale, in relation to re...
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The design of water awareness campaigns could benefit from knowledge of the specific characteristics of domestic water use and the factors that may influence certain water consumption habits. This paper investigates water use in 450 households in 10 municipalities of drought-prone Alicante (Spain). We aim to increase knowledge about existing domest...
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The so-called conventional water resources are increasingly subject to social contestation due to their environmental and socio-economic impacts. In parallel, various alternative resources are being implemented, such as desalination and reuse of treated wastewater. Despite their great potential, we have a limited understanding of how these alternat...
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Urban sprawl occurred in the Spanish coast since 1990's has generated a notable territorial impact. In this article, it is analyzed the relationships established between urban sprawl and changes on urban model. The spread of garden areas has also meant changes in the local productive system. It has been consolidated, on the one hand, flowers and or...
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The so-called conventional water resources are increasingly subject to social contestation due to their environmental and socio-economic impacts. In parallel, various alternative resources are being implemented, such as desalination and reuse of treated wastewater. Despite their great potential, we have a limited understanding of how these alternat...
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The so-called conventional water resources are increasingly subject to social contestation due to their environmental and socio-economic impacts. In parallel, various alternative resources are being implemented, such as desalination and reuse of treated wastewater. Despite their great potential, we have a limited understanding of how these alternat...
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Studies relating form and functions of cities indicate sprawl as an intriguing research issue, especially for certain typologies of cities. Although with inherent differences on a local scale, Mediterranean cities offer a kaleidoscopic overview of sprawl morphologies that require dedicated monitoring tools. The present study provides an original as...
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The design of water awareness campaigns could benefit from knowledge on the specific characteristics of domestic water use and of the factors that may influence certain water consumption habits. This paper investigates water use in 450 households of 10 municipalities of drought prone Alicante (Spain) with the objective of increasing knowledge about...
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The main objective of the document is to demonstrate how alternative source of data can be used into integrative methodologies for the ecosystem assessment in which the North African countries are committed. More concretely, considering both their feasibility and relevance for the project, this study focuses on EO1 Biodiversity, EO3 Fisheries, EO5...
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Not too many people would probably pick the Baltic region as one of the world’s hot spots for climate change. On the contrary, for some activities such as summer tourism or navigation in winter, the Baltic could well be one of the few cases in which climate change might bring positive rather than negative consequences. However, this volume, the pro...
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This paper investigates the critical role of workers to enhance the resilience of water supply services in cities at war through analyzing the case of Madrid and the Madrid water company Canales del Lozoya during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). We argue that securing the protection of vital urban flows mediated through infrastructures is a key o...
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In this paper we explore the new orientation taken by Spanish water policy since the beginning of the 21st century and very specifically the shift towards desalination as an alternative to other water supply options such as river regulation or inter-basin water transfers. Desalination has been seen as the cure for everything that dams and inter-bas...
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The water supply paradigm in urban Catalonia has experienced a significant transformation toward water decentralizatio