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Water 2019, 11(1), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11010093

The Use of Non-Conventional Water Resources as a Means of Adaptation to Drought and Climate Change in Semi-Arid Regions: South-Eastern Spain

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Didactics of Experimental and Social Sciences Department, Faculty of Teaching, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Regional Geographic Analysis and Physical Geography Department, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 24 December 2018 / Accepted: 3 January 2019 / Published: 8 January 2019
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Abstract

Drought is a climatic risk with notable repercussions on water supply systems. The aim of this study is to analyze the principal measures for management and planning implemented during recent decades in south-eastern Spain (Segura River Basin) to respond to drought situations, focusing on the role played by non-conventional water resources (desalination and treated water). The results demonstrate that the study area (despite being one of the driest places of Spain) is less vulnerable to drought than regions with an Atlantic climate and greater availability of water. This has been possible thanks to the integration of non-conventional water resources as a means of adaptation to confront this natural risk, which is estimated to become more intense and frequent in the future owing to climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: drought; desalination; treated water; planning; climate change; south-eastern Spain drought; desalination; treated water; planning; climate change; south-eastern Spain
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Morote, Á.-F.; Olcina, J.; Hernández, M. The Use of Non-Conventional Water Resources as a Means of Adaptation to Drought and Climate Change in Semi-Arid Regions: South-Eastern Spain. Water 2019, 11, 93.

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