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Telecoupling in urban water systems: an examination of Beijing’s imported water supply
Journal or Book Title: Water International
Keywords: Urban water management; telecoupling; sustainability; virtual water; inter-basin transfer; Beijing
Year Published: 2015
Urban centres increasingly have difficulties meeting water needs within their hydrologic basins. To sustain urban water supply, cities and water source regions have increased telecouplings (socio-economic and environmental interactions over distances).
To analyse these complex interactions, we apply the new telecoupling framework to the water-stressed megacity of Beijing’s imported water supply. We found that Beijing’s remote water sources have lower risk than local supply, but connections impact the sending systems. The telecoupling framework provides a standard, systematic and flexible tool for evaluating the sustainability of urban water supply. It also identifies a number of research gaps for future quantification efforts.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
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