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Monday, April 9 • 11:30am - 11:45am
SYMPOSIA-02: Water Security Dynamics and Scenarios Along the New Silk Road: The Telecoupling Case Study

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AUTHORS: Yueyue Du, Jianguo Liu, Jian Peng, Yanglin Wang

ABSTRACT: The Belt and Road Initiative connects the active East Asia and the developed Western Europe, beneficial to the countries along the New Silk Road occupying 50% of extreme-poverty population in the world. Water resource becomes one of the most restraining factors during the development of Western Asia and Northern Africa. Virtual water flows embedded in telecoupling trade would affect local water resource pressure; climate change and social-economic development also matter much for water supply and utilization. According to our study, water security situation is evaluated through identifying telecoupling pattern of virtual water and examining self-support ratio of fresh water resource during 2000-2015. “Virtual water flow distance” is calculated among groups of adjacent or distant countries, and water saving effect is also assessed. Moreover, considering climate change and social-economic development scenarios (Year 2050), the virtual water flows and water security pattern change will be explored to find the potential challenges and chances facing the whole New Silk Road regions and China.

Monday April 9, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am CDT
LaSalle 5 (7th Floor)