Economically Challenged and Water Scarce: Identification of Global Populations Most Vulnerable to Water Crises

  • Citation: Taikan Oki & Rose E. Quiocho (2020) Economically challenged and water scarce: identification of global populations most vulnerable to water crises, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 36:2-3, 416-428
    • Topics:
    • Transnational Issues
    • Keywords:
    • water stress
    • available freshwater resources
    • water withdrawals
    • GDP
    • virtual water trade
    • grid analysis

The best available high-resolution precipitation, GDP, available freshwater and withdrawal data sets are used in a combined global analysis of physical and economic water scarcity at 50 km resolution. We find that approximately 40.7 million people are living in areas with concurrent severe economic and water-scarcity constraints. These areas are mostly in semi-arid parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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