Grasping water availability at regional scale: development of exploratory methods


“Climate change and socio-economic development are putting water resources under increasing pressure, even in what are so far seen as ‘water-rich’ countries. At a regional scale, the water resources present in groundwater, soil water and surface water are often used for various functions, including nature, agriculture and drinking water production. Local changes in water management or land cover can potentially affect all these functions. Therefore, ensuring a sustainable water availability requires an integrated understanding of the interactions in the water system. However, regional water systems, that often include a wide range of water pathways and functions, can be complex to grasp and time-intensive to study in detail. There is therefore a need for exploratory methods that provide a fast and comprehensive overview of the interactions in regional water systems. This provides a valuable first step to direct research and management efforts.”

(Citation: Brakkee, E., van Huijgevoort, M., and Stofberg, S.: Grasping water availability at regional scale: development of exploratory methods, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9413,, 2022)

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