Journal Highlights

Incorporating institutions and collective action into a socio-hydrological model of flood resilience

Editors’ Highlight—

The paper offers an innovative approach to addressing the relationship between human action and hydrological forces by highlighting the need to maintain flood control structures in rural Pakistan. Although governments are responsible for these structures, there is a high level of voluntary effort that occurs to protect agricultural lands from regular inundation from tidal surges, saline intrusion, and land subsidence. Previous work has focused on social memory as a mechanism to link human behaviors to the water system. Collective action adds another dimension to this line of socio-hydrological research and furthers the socio-hydrology research agenda. The paper is well written and effectively links modeling results to activities on the ground in rural Pakistan.