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Theses, Ph.D


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Successfully submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy .


Population growth, urbanisation, and climate change are predicted to impose huge pressure on water resource systems of many cities around the world including Dublin. Integrated water resources management is seen as a viable approach to address these challenges. This approach examines the water resources system in a more interconnected manner, focusing on reducing water demands, reducing reliance on fresh water supplies, reducing discharges into receiving water bodies, and creating water supply assets from storm water and wastewater. The role of mathematical modelling in designing an integrated water resources management plan is paramount as it provides a tool whereby performances of alternative water management plans can be predicted and evaluated under future scenarios of population growth, urban development and climate. There is a lack of an integrated water resources management model for Dublin that integrates the main components of the water resources system including water supply sources, sectoral water uses, wastewater disposal, urban runoff and associated infrastructure. Previous models also did not consider water management options such as rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, and groundwater recharge - which are important for the implementation of an integrated water resources management approach. Moreover, integration of uncertainty analysis into water resources modelling helps understand associated uncertainties and hence reduce them

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