Application of the Water Footprint: Water Stress Analysis and Allocation

  • Meng Xu
  • Chunhui Li

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Meng Xu, Chunhui Li
    Pages 1-6
  3. Virtual Water and Water Footprint Accounting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Meng Xu, Chunhui Li
      Pages 9-16
    3. Meng Xu, Chunhui Li
      Pages 17-22
  4. Evaluation of Water Stresses Based on WFs

  5. Study Cases: Water Stress Evaluation at Multiple Regional Scales

  6. Water Footprint Accounting Application in Water Management Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Meng Xu, Chunhui Li
      Pages 145-149

About this book


Based on the water footprint (WF) concept, this book reviews WF-based water stress evaluation methods at the city, provincial and river basin levels respectively. In addition, it explores the factors that influence regional water footprint in the spatial sequence via the extended STIRPAT model.

Highlighting the utilization of WF accounting in sustainable water management, one of the book’s goals is to establish the optimization model of water allocation in various industrial sectors. Based on WF accounting, which thoroughly considers the water input for production, the relevant intermediate water inputs, and the water amount for wastewater discharge dilutions, the book provides a wealth of insights for scholars and practitioners with an interest in water resources and environmental management. In addition, it exhibits a scientific plan for regional water resource utilization and allocation, helping relieve regional water shortages.


Water footprint Water footprint accounting Water stresses analysis Optimal water allocation ESDA model Extended STIRPAT model

Authors and affiliations

  • Meng Xu
    • 1
  • Chunhui Li
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationZhejiang University of Finance and EconomicsHangzhouChina
  2. 2.School of EnvironmentBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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