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A Connection Entropy Approach to Water Resources Vulnerability Analysis in a Changing Environment

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School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Anhui Xinhua University, Hefei 230088, China
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Institute of Safety and Environmental Assessment, Anhui Xinhua University, Hefei 230088, China
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School of Civil Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
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Ministry of Education Key Lab of Water and Sand Science, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Entropy 2017, 19(11), 591; https://doi.org/10.3390/e19110591
Received: 5 September 2017 / Revised: 26 October 2017 / Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published: 6 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entropy Applications in Environmental and Water Engineering)
This paper establishes a water resources vulnerability framework based on sensitivity, natural resilience and artificial adaptation, through the analyses of the four states of the water system and its accompanying transformation processes. Furthermore, it proposes an analysis method for water resources vulnerability based on connection entropy, which extends the concept of contact entropy. An example is given of the water resources vulnerability in Anhui Province of China, which analysis illustrates that, overall, vulnerability levels fluctuated and showed apparent improvement trends from 2001 to 2015. Some suggestions are also provided for the improvement of the level of water resources vulnerability in Anhui Province, considering the viewpoint of the vulnerability index. View Full-Text
Keywords: water resources vulnerability; connection entropy; changing environment; set pair analysis; Anhui Province water resources vulnerability; connection entropy; changing environment; set pair analysis; Anhui Province
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Pan, Z.; Jin, J.; Li, C.; Ning, S.; Zhou, R. A Connection Entropy Approach to Water Resources Vulnerability Analysis in a Changing Environment. Entropy 2017, 19, 591.

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