Special Issue "Water Footprint Assessment"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Water Footprint Assessment has emerged as a new interdisciplinary field of research, focusing on the analysis of water use, scarcity, and pollution, in relation to production, consumption, and trade of water-intensive goods and services. It includes the analysis of how different techniques and practices, policy strategies, and governance mechanisms can contribute to increasing the sustainability, efficiency, and equitability of water footprints, and the study of how different players can contribute, from governments and companies to investors and civil society. The field typically analyses water use in relation to demand for food, energy and other needs and analyses how goals regarding sustainable water use can be translated into coherent agricultural, energy, tax, and trade policies. Regarding the estimation of the water footprints (water productivities) of crops, challenges include the understanding of geographic and temporal variations, assessing the uncertainties involved, and the assessment of water-footprint related problems and solutions.
This Special Issue is open to papers advancing the field or showing innovative applications. We welcome, for example, papers that analyze the effectiveness of water footprint reduction options or strategies; original water footprint studies focusing on specific geographic regions, products, sectors or businesses; papers on the sustainability, efficiency or equitability of water footprints; studies on international or inter-regional virtual water trade and inter-regional water dependencies; research related to monitoring or achieving the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); application of Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) in water-related risk assessments; studies that relate water footprints to water scarcity; papers that quantify uncertainties in Water Footprint Assessment and propose ways to reduce these; and papers that bring together different environmental footprints in coherent approaches.
Prof. Dr. Arjen Y. Hoekstra
Dr. Ashok K. Chapagain
Dr. Pieter R. van Oel
Manuscript Submission Information
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- water footprint assessment
- water allocation
- water productivity
- equitable water use
- virtual water trade
- corporate water risk and stewardship
- water footprint reduction strategies