Openly accessible

Quantifying the human impact on water resources: a critical review of the water footprint concept

Chenoweth, J, Hadjikakou, M and Zoumides, C 2014, Quantifying the human impact on water resources: a critical review of the water footprint concept, Hydrology and earth system sciences, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 2325-2342, doi: 10.5194/hess-18-2325-2014.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
hadjikakou-quantifyingthehuman-2014.pdf Published version application/pdf 274.11KB 165

Title Quantifying the human impact on water resources: a critical review of the water footprint concept
Author(s) Chenoweth, J
Hadjikakou, MORCID iD for Hadjikakou, M orcid.org/0000-0002-3667-3982
Zoumides, C
Journal name Hydrology and earth system sciences
Volume number 18
Issue number 6
Start page 2325
End page 2342
Total pages 18
Publisher Copernicus Publications
Place of publication Göttingen, Germany
Publication date 2014-06-24
ISSN 1027-5606
1607-7938
Keyword(s) human impact
water resources
water footprint
water use
nation
organisation
services
science and technology
physical sciences
geosciences
geology
Summary The water footprint is a consumption-based indicator of water use, referring to the total volume of freshwater used directly and indirectly by a nation or a company, or in the provision of a product or service. Despite widespread enthusiasm for the development and use of water footprints, some concerns have been raised about the concept and its usefulness. A variety of methodologies have been developed for water footprinting which differ with respect to how they deal with different forms of water use. The result is water footprint estimates which vary dramatically, often creating confusion. Despite these methodological qualms, the concept has had notable success in raising awareness about water use in agricultural and industrial supply chains, by providing a previously unavailable and (seemingly) simple numerical indicator of water use. Nevertheless, and even though a range of uses have already been suggested for water footprinting, its policy value remains unclear. Unlike the carbon footprint which provides a universal measure of human impact on the atmosphere's limited absorptive capacity, the water footprint in its conventional form solely quantifies a single production input without any accounting of the impacts of use, which vary spatially and temporally. Following an extensive review of the literature related to water footprints, this paper critically examines the present uses of the concept, focusing on its current strengths, shortcomings and promising research avenues to advance it.
Language eng
DOI 10.5194/hess-18-2325-2014
Field of Research 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
050203 Environmental Education and Extension
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102919

Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 76 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 81 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 369 Abstract Views, 167 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 02 Oct 2017, 17:44:34 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.