While the effects of climate change unfold and become more visible, infrastructures – especially those related to the distribution of water and energy – are the most exposed to the deep changes expected in the next years. Water is fundamental for people, and for infrastructures like energy, waste, and food production. Water sustainability is therefore a fundamental aspect to be addressed by an efficient use of the resources and by mainteining high quality standards. Hence, water industry and water infrastructure need a deep transformation; in this paper we present a framework based on complex systems and management science as a possible pathway to reshape and optimize the performance of the water infrastructure to cope with the complexity of todays’ challenges. To this aim, we propose the framework Acque 2.0 (Water 2.0), where we point out how the increase of the infrastructural resilience and of the overall quality of service can be attained by integrating models, algorithms and numerical methods like network simulations and big data analytics for the predictive maintenance of water networks. We discuss how Complexity Science is the natural glue allowing technical, management and social issues to be integrated in the holistic vision of the “water system” needed play to provide measures for an integrated sustainability reporting that involves utilities, regulators, policy makers, and citizens.
|Titolo:||Complexity Science for Sustainable Smart Water Grids|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|