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Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Water-Energy Nexus: Case study for Shanxi’s energy bases, China

IWRA World Water Congress 2017 - Cancun Mexico
3. Water security in a changing world
Author(s): Yongnan Zhu
Yong Zhao
Haihong Li
Lizhen Wang
Lei Li
Jiaqi Zhai

Yongnan Zhu
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
zyn0916@hotmail.com
Yong Zhao
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
zhaoyong@iwhr.com
Haihong Li
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
lihh@iwhr.com
Lizhen Wang
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
wanglz07@126.com
Lei Li
State Nuclear Electric Power Planning Design
lilei@snpdri.com
Jiaqi Zhai
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
jiaqizhai@163.com


Keyword(s): Water resources, Energy security, Climate change, Coupled land surface-hydrology model, Shanxi energy bases
Article:

Abstract

The water and energy security issue is a big challenge and problem for sustainable development in China. In this study, we take the largest coal energy producing region in China as the research area, to analyze the impacts of future climatic changes and human activity on water resources in Shanxi's energy base (main energy producing region) has been investigated base on the Coupled Land surface and Hydrology Model System (CLHMS) using three different IPCC AR5 emission scenarios (RCP2.6, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5). Comparing with the current national policy, the supporting capacity of water resources in mid-21st Century on the energy bases development was discussed. It's showed that Shanxi's energy bases water demand will continue to grow, the competitiveness of the development and utilization of water resources in the area will be further intensified. This research also proved the basis for the development scale of energy bases in the future.

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