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Abstract

Resilience is an essential key of the assessment of water resources system management. Adequate description of the resilience of water resource systems needs to consider the emergent properties arising from the interaction of the component subsystems.  This paper presents an approach to assess resilience in an agricultural water supply system. The system is contextualized as a meta-system comprised of three subsystems; the natural catchment and reservoirs, the water distribution infrastructure, and agricultural users. The proposed approach allows studying each sub-system separately to determine its properties, quantify the interdependencies between the subsystems, and integrate pressures that affect the operation of each sub-system and, consequently, the system in its entirety. This work is a first step in assessing agricultural water resources' resilience under climatic and anthropogenic pressures in agricultural water resources system.

Keywords: Resilience, agricultural water resources system, climatic and anthropogenic pressures