Telecoupling in urban water systems: an examination of Beijing’s imported water supply

Author(s):

Jillian M. Deines, Xiao Liu & Jianguo Liu

Journal or Book Title: Water International

Keywords: Urban water management; telecoupling; sustainability; virtual water; inter-basin transfer; Beijing

Volume/Issue: Online

Year Published: 2015

Abstract:

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 Beijingimported water supply. We found that Beijings 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.

DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2015.1113485

Type of Publication: Journal Article

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