D. Koutsoyiannis, A new stochastic hydrologic framework inspired by the Athens water resource system, Invited lecture, Durham, N. Carolina, doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.28546.68809, School of Engineering, Duke University, 2006.
Athens, the capital of Greece, lies in a dry region and has suffered from frequent water shortages during its long history. During the recent development of a decision support tool for the management of its huge water supply system, several problems were faced. Among them was hydrologic modeling, which was interesting due to peculiar hydrologic behaviors such as long lasting droughts and multi-year fluctuations of water resources. The natural behaviors encountered could not be explained by the classical statistical hydrological approach, according to which they were extraordinarily unexpected. Therefore, a new framework had to be developed, which includes diagnosis of natural behaviors, explanation, description, and synthesis into an operational modeling tool.