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Regional suitability of virtual water strategy: Evaluating with an integrated water-ecosystem-economy index
Cui, Xiaolin1; Wu, Xiaojuan1; He, Xiaojia2; Li, Zhe3; Shi, Chenchen4; Wu, Feng5,6
2018-10-20
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION
ISSN0959-6526
Volume199Pages:659-667
Corresponding AuthorWu, Feng(wufeng@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractWith growing populations and climate change, more regions around the world are prone to unprecedented water scarcity. The concept of virtual water is introduced in the Middle East, where one of the strategy to solve water scarcity is to import grain instead of grow grain locally. However, some researchers have argued that such virtual water strategy as a solution to water scarcity is fallacious failing to take regional socio-economic and environmental suitability into account. In this study, an evaluation index system of virtual water strategy was constructed from an integrated water ecosystem economy system perspective. The evaluation index system can reflect the co-relationship among water, ecosystems and the economy and the status of system, which consists of resources, technology, economy, society, and environment. Using the improved entropy weighting and fuzzy synthetic evaluation methods, regional suitability of virtual water strategy was assessed and classified into the following five grades: excellent, good, average, fair, and poor. Using the Heihe River Basin (HRB) as the case study area, the evaluation index system was applied to examine the regional suitability of virtual water strategy for each county in the river basin. Results showed the suitability degree of approximately half of the counties was 'excellent', while the other half was 'average', except for Jinta County whose suitability of the virtual water strategy was 'poor'. The results indicated that the suitability of the implementation of virtual water strategy is closely related to the economic development and ecological conditions. In addition, the study propels the evaluation of virtual water strategy, and enhances their persuasion in addressing water scarcity, identifying the feasibility in the arid and semi-arid regions worldwide. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KeywordVirtual water strategy Regional suitability Water-ecosystem-economy system Entropy weight method Fuzzy synthetic evaluation Heihe river basin
DOI10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.192
WOS KeywordTRADE ; SCARCITY ; CHINA ; FOOD ; CONSUMPTION ; FOOTPRINT ; FRAMEWORK ; QUALITY ; FLOWS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41671526] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[91425303] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[91325302] ; Beijing Natural Science Foundation[9172018]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Beijing Natural Science Foundation
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Engineering, Environmental ; Environmental Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000444358400061
PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/52934
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorWu, Feng
Affiliation1.Xian Univ Sci & Technol, Coll Geomat, Xian 710054, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
2.Adm Ctr Chinas Agenda2l, Beijing 100038, Peoples R China
3.Shaanxi Normal Univ, Int Business Sch, Xian 710119, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
4.Univ Melbourne, Sch Geog, Melbourne, Vic 3010, Australia
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
6.Chinese Acad Sci, Ctr Chinese Agr Policy, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Cui, Xiaolin,Wu, Xiaojuan,He, Xiaojia,et al. Regional suitability of virtual water strategy: Evaluating with an integrated water-ecosystem-economy index[J]. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION,2018,199:659-667.
APA Cui, Xiaolin,Wu, Xiaojuan,He, Xiaojia,Li, Zhe,Shi, Chenchen,&Wu, Feng.(2018).Regional suitability of virtual water strategy: Evaluating with an integrated water-ecosystem-economy index.JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION,199,659-667.
MLA Cui, Xiaolin,et al."Regional suitability of virtual water strategy: Evaluating with an integrated water-ecosystem-economy index".JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION 199(2018):659-667.
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