Journal article

A review of the assessment of sustainable water use at continental-to-global scale

Naveen Joseph, Dongryeol Ryu, Hector M Malano, Biju George, KP Sudheer

Sustainable Water Resources Management | Springer | Published : 2020


Freshwater scarcity and unsustainable water use are just some of the growing concerns in many parts of the world. Increasing water demand accompanied by a changing climate can lead to unsustainable use of freshwater resulting in water scarcity. Several studies have quantified sustainable water use and water scarcity at a continental-to-global scale in the past. This review focuses on the large-scale water resources assessments and the methods by which sustainable water use and water scarcity are quantified. The review is structured based on a framework that comprises the main components of water demand and supply and other aspects of sustainable water use including virtual water trade and fu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research is financially supported by the M.K.N. Johansen scholarship through the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne. We also thank the anonymous reviewers, the associate editor and the editor of the journal for their constructive comments.