We are improving understanding of water scarcity, extreme events and the water-energy nexus. We are improving knowledge of future water scarcity, including agricultural impact, and risks to people, environments and economies, and possible adaptation responses.
Climate and other global environmental changes are having important impacts on water availability, quality and on the water-related risks to people, environment and economies.
The management of sustainable water resources needs to incorporate broad knowledge of the influential drivers in order to ensure water security at the regional and national level, and thus maintain global stability and international cooperation. In China, changes in flood frequency and intensity, rainfall, groundwater recharge, agricultural and industrial pollution, and hydrological engineering projects all need to be managed in a context of rapidly growing urban population and increasing water demand.
Meeting water security in China requires a better understanding of the many individual physical and societal processes involved, and how they interact. This Tyndall-Fudan research project aims to improve our understanding of three key sustainability challenges on climate change and water security in China: water scarcity, extreme events and the water-energy nexus. It will analyse data and models to improve knowledge of future water scarcity in China, including the potential agricultural impact, the associated risks to people, environments and economies, and the possible adaptation responses. It will also improve the assessment of current and future flood risks in China and the responsive capacity in the public and private sector, and provide a full live cycle assessment of GHG emissions and potential emissions reductions in the water sector.
Project leaders: Prof Declan Conway (UEA) and Prof Zheng Zheng (Fudan)