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dc.contributor.authorChenoweth, Jonathan L.-
dc.contributor.authorHadjikakou, Michalis-
dc.contributor.authorZoumides, Christos-
dc.contributor.otherΖουμίδης, Χρίστος-
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-09T12:45:18Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-09T12:45:18Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-24-
dc.identifier.citationHydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2014, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 2325-2342en_US
dc.identifier.issn1607-7938-
dc.description.abstractThe water footprint is a consumption-based indicator of water use, referring to the total volume of freshwater used directly and indirectly by a nation or a company, or in the provision of a product or service. Despite widespread enthusiasm for the development and use of water footprints, some concerns have been raised about the concept and its usefulness. A variety of methodologies have been developed for water footprinting which differ with respect to how they deal with different forms of water use. The result is water footprint estimates which vary dramatically, often creating confusion. Despite these methodological qualms, the concept has had notable success in raising awareness about water use in agricultural and industrial supply chains, by providing a previously unavailable and (seemingly) simple numerical indicator of water use. Nevertheless, and even though a range of uses have already been suggested for water footprinting, its policy value remains unclear. Unlike the carbon footprint which provides a universal measure of human impact on the atmosphere's limited absorptive capacity, the water footprint in its conventional form solely quantifies a single production input without any accounting of the impacts of use, which vary spatially and temporally. Following an extensive review of the literature related to water footprints, this paper critically examines the present uses of the concept, focusing on its current strengths, shortcomings and promising research avenues to advance it.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCopernicus GmbHen_US
dc.relation.ispartofHydrology and Earth System Sciencesen_US
dc.rights© Copernicusen_US
dc.subjectWater resourceen_US
dc.subjectWater footprinten_US
dc.titleQuantifying the human impact on water resources: A critical review of the water footprint concepten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.collaborationUniversity of Surreyen_US
dc.collaborationUniversity of New South Wales (UNSW) Australiaen_US
dc.collaborationCyprus University of Technologyen_US
dc.subject.categoryEarth and Related Environmental Sciencesen_US
dc.journalsOpen Accessen_US
dc.countryUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.countryAustraliaen_US
dc.countryCyprusen_US
dc.subject.fieldNatural Sciencesen_US
dc.publicationPeer Revieweden_US
dc.identifier.doi10.5194/hess-18-2325-2014en_US
dc.relation.issue6en_US
dc.relation.volume18en_US
cut.common.academicyear2014-2015en_US
dc.identifier.spage2325en_US
dc.identifier.epage2342en_US
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crisitem.journal.journalissn1027-5606-
crisitem.journal.publisherCopernicus-
crisitem.author.deptDepartment of Chemical Engineering-
crisitem.author.facultyFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
crisitem.author.parentorgFaculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management-
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