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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2058; doi:10.3390/su9112058

Challenges and Proposals for Socio-Ecological Sustainability of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct (Spain) under Climate Change

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Interuniversity Institute of Geography, University of Alicante, 03080 Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Spain
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Department of Physical Geography and Regional Geographical Analysis, University of Alicante, 03080 Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Spain
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Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 4 November 2017 / Accepted: 5 November 2017 / Published: 9 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social-Ecological Restoration for Coastal Sustainability)
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Since its inauguration in 1979, the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct has become one of the hydraulic infrastructures that has had the most significant socio-economic repercussions in Spain during the past few decades. The aqueduct is significant for its strategic importance and developmental potential for south-east Spain, where it provides water for agriculture as well as for tourism and urban consumption. The aim of this study is to analyze the uncertainties regarding the future functioning of this infrastructure in view of the reduction of water resources and a higher frequency of drought episodes due to climate change. To this end, an analysis was performed on previous studies of hydrological plans, regulations and studies on climate change in order to enable an assessment to be made of the possible effects of these changes on the normal functions of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct. Consideration is also given to the new management rules that have regulated this infrastructure since 2014, the use of alternative water resources, and proposals such as measures to increase resilience in light of future climate change scenarios and their effects on the Mediterranean. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tagus–Segura; water; closure; climate change Tagus–Segura; water; closure; climate change
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Morote, Á.-F.; Olcina, J.; Rico, A.-M. Challenges and Proposals for Socio-Ecological Sustainability of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct (Spain) under Climate Change. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2058.

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