Special Issue "Water Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment: Methods and Tools for the Strategic Management of Water Related Impacts"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Use and Scarcity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2020.

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Dr. Alessandro Manzardo
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Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy
Interests: water footprint; life-cycle assessment; organizational life-cycle assessment; decision-making; sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Correct water use and management is a global issue at the center of international debate caused by the pressures that climate change, world population growth, and industrial processes have placed on the availability of water resources. Within this context, private companies and public authorities are urged to take action and adopt tools and methods for the sustainable management of water.

One of the tools recognized to support better water use and management is the water footprint. Introduced almost 20 years ago, recent development of the method has taken place within the framework of life-cycle assessment (LCA) to support the quantification of the potential environmental impacts related to water.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present the latest research concerning the water footprint to support decision-making processes. New approaches, such as the organizational water footprint, new and/or original applications of multi-criteria decision-making analysis methods, and other approaches to support the definition of effective strategies and plans to reduce water use and improve water management will be considered for publication in this Special Issue.

Dr. Alessandro Manzardo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • water footprint
  • life-cycle assessment
  • water efficiency
  • water saving
  • decision-making
  • organizational water footprint

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Inter-Regional Agricultural Virtual Water Flow in China Based on Volumetric and Impact-Oriented Multi-Regional Input-Output (MRIO) Approach
Water 2020, 12(1), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12010251 - 16 Jan 2020
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Virtual water trading is an effective strategy to alleviate water shortage. Several different methods have been developed to achieve quantitative description and evaluation of virtual water, which can be broadly divided into volumetric and impact-oriented water footprint approaches. The former focuses on the [...] Read more.
Virtual water trading is an effective strategy to alleviate water shortage. Several different methods have been developed to achieve quantitative description and evaluation of virtual water, which can be broadly divided into volumetric and impact-oriented water footprint approaches. The former focuses on the consumption of water resources, while the latter puts greater emphasis on assessing the water use impacts. Based on the volumetric and impact-oriented water footprint, this paper conducted a comprehensive study on the virtual water flow of agricultural products among regions in China. The results show that different water footprint evaluation methods have different tendencies in evaluating virtual water flow. Volumetric virtual water mainly flows from northwest and northeast China to north and east China, while impact-oriented virtual water mainly flows from northwest and central south China to east and north China. Northwest China is the largest net export region of agricultural virtual water, and it is dominated by direct water consumption. In addition, we compared the net export volume of virtual water and the water shortage situation among regions in China. North China, where the water shortage is very serious, mainly relies on external water sources, while northwest China, which also faces a water shortage problem, exports a large amount of virtual water to external sources. The findings of this study highlight the importance of taking full account of the response measures in both cases when formulating policies. In other words, the virtual water strategy should consider water quantity and water quality simultaneously. Full article
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Bridging the Data Gap in the Water Scarcity Footprint by Using Crop-Specific AWARE Factors
Water 2019, 11(12), 2634; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11122634 - 13 Dec 2019
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The assessment of the water scarcity footprint of products emerged as an important step in supporting water management strategies. Among others, the AWARE methodology was published as a consensus-based indicator to perform such an assessment at a watershed level and monthly scale. The [...] Read more.
The assessment of the water scarcity footprint of products emerged as an important step in supporting water management strategies. Among others, the AWARE methodology was published as a consensus-based indicator to perform such an assessment at a watershed level and monthly scale. The need to adopt such a detailed resolution, however, collides with the availability of data, so that general year and country-wide factors are commonly used. The objective of this study is to develop and verify the applicability of 26 crop-specific water scarcity characterization factors to help assess the water scarcity footprint when data and information availability is limited. To do so, a weighted average consumption approach was adopted, starting from local AWARE characterization factors and local crop-specific water consumption. The resulting factors, ranging from 0.19 m3/ton eq for “other perennial crop” in Brunei to 9997 m3/ton eq for “other annual crop” in Mauritania, illustrate the large variability of potential water scarcity impacts. Factors were applied to the water consumption of selected crops to assess their water scarcity footprint. The results of the study confirmed that the use of crop-specific factors is recommended as they are a better proxy of water scarcity in a region when compared to their national generic counterparts. Full article
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