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Water 2015, 7(7), 3466-3485;

Performance of a Rain Barrel Sharing Network under Climate Change

Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, 283 Goyangdae-ro, Goyang 411-712, Korea
Department of Civil Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, 232 Gongneung-ro, Seoul 139-798, Korea
Department of Civil Engineering, Yeungnam University, 280 Daehak-ro, Gyeongsan 712-749, Korea
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Enedir Ghisi
Received: 5 May 2015 / Revised: 18 June 2015 / Accepted: 23 June 2015 / Published: 1 July 2015
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Rain barrels can be technically shared through social practices or mutual agreement between individual households. This study proposes the evaluation system for a rain barrel sharing network (RBSN) considering three performance criteria of reliability, resiliency, and vulnerability, under plausible climate change scenarios. First, this study shows how the system can be improved in terms of the performance criteria using historical daily rainfall data based on the storage-reliability-yield relationship. This study then examined how the benefits from RBSN are affected by climate change after 100 years. Three climate change scenarios (A1B, A2 and B2) and three global circulation models were used for this purpose. The results showed that the reliability and vulnerability are improved due to sharing and their improvements become larger under climate change conditions. In contrast, the resiliency reduces slightly due to sharing and its reduction is attenuated under climate change conditions. In particular, vulnerability will be reduced significantly under climate change. These results suggest that the sharing of various water resources systems can be an effective climate change adaptation strategy that reduces vulnerability and increases the reliability of the system. View Full-Text
Keywords: rain barrel-sharing network; reliability; vulnerability; resiliency; rainwater harvesting system; climate change rain barrel-sharing network; reliability; vulnerability; resiliency; rainwater harvesting system; climate change

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Noh, S.J.; Chung, E.-S.; Seo, Y. Performance of a Rain Barrel Sharing Network under Climate Change. Water 2015, 7, 3466-3485.

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