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Analysis and Modelling of Water Supply and Demand Under Climate Change, Land Use Transformation and Socio-Economic Development

The Water Resource Challenge and Adaptation Measures for Urumqi Region, Northwest China

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Fricke, Katharina

2014, XX, 243 p. 80 illus., 51 illus. in color.

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  • This book provides a thorough analysis and evaluation of the hydrological system for one of the fastest developing regions in Central Asia
  • It develops models for the simulation of future water supply and demand, transferable also to other, similar catchments and regions
  • Presents sources and methods for data acquisition and extrapolation
  • Includes strategic measures how to react to future water scarcity in semi-arid regions
Located in a narrow grassland corridor between the semi-desert and a mountain range in Northwest China, the research area Urumqi Region is despite its semi-arid climate in a relatively favourable hydrological situation. The nearby mountains provide water for settlements and agriculture, making human development possible in the first place. Due to the development of agriculture, population and economy during the last sixty years and the increasing water consumption, a demand- and population-driven water scarcity exists today and is expected to aggravate. At the same time, the effects of climate change and land use transformations on the hydrological system and the water availability are uncertain. This study evaluates the recent and future situation by combining a hydrological water balance model for the simulation of the water supply based on scenarios of climate and land use change with a socio-economic model for projecting the future water demand including predicted growth of population and economy.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Hydrological Modelling - Northwest China - Socio-econorretric Modelling - Water Resources - Water Supply and Demand

Related subjects » Climate Change Impact - Geography - Hydrology and Water Resources

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