The blue water footprint of the world's artificial reservoirs for hydroelectricity, irrigation, residential and industrial water supply, flood protection, fishing and recreation

The blue water footprint of the world's artificial reservoirs for hydroelectricity, irrigation,... •Water consumption by dams and their reservoirs needs to be accounted for.•The global blue water footprint (WF) of 2235 artificial reservoirs is 66 × 109 m3 y−1.•This WF is attributed to beneficial reservoir purposes based on their economic value.•Domestic water supply and hydroelectricity generation contribute most to this WF.•57% of the WF is located in non-water scarce and only 1% in year-round scarce basins. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Water Resources Elsevier

The blue water footprint of the world's artificial reservoirs for hydroelectricity, irrigation, residential and industrial water supply, flood protection, fishing and recreation

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2018 The Authors
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0309-1708
eISSN
1872-9657
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.01.028
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Abstract

•Water consumption by dams and their reservoirs needs to be accounted for.•The global blue water footprint (WF) of 2235 artificial reservoirs is 66 × 109 m3 y−1.•This WF is attributed to beneficial reservoir purposes based on their economic value.•Domestic water supply and hydroelectricity generation contribute most to this WF.•57% of the WF is located in non-water scarce and only 1% in year-round scarce basins.

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Advances in Water ResourcesElsevier

Published: Mar 1, 2018

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