Water is a fundamental resource to maintain all kinds of life on the planet. It is a resource necessary to maintain well functioning natural ecosystems, and ultimately a key resource for human survival and development. Water is needed in sufficient quantities of good quality for a variety of human uses, from food production to manufacturing to drinking and sanitation. On the other hand, excessive water surplus may cause severe damage to natural and human systems. “How much water is available at a given time in rivers or aquifers?”, “What are the minimum water requirements needed to sustain ecosystems and economic uses”, or “How can these requirements be met sustainably in a changing climate?” are fundamental questions that are addressed in this collection of articles.


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Historical and future changes in global flood magnitude

Hong Xuan Do
Global Future projections Extreme events Water

Observed impacts of climate change

Global Observed impacts Agriculture Biodiversity Extreme events Fisheries Forests Water

Will climate change increase the exposure to river flooding?

Stefan Lange, Jan Volkholz, Fang Zhao, Sven Willner, Katja Frieler
Global Future projections Extreme events Water

One simulation, different conclusions – the baseline period makes the difference!

Stefan Liersch, M. Drews, T. Pilz, S. Salack, D. Sietz, V. Aich, M.A.D. Larsen, A. Gädeke, K. Halsnæs, W. Thiery, S. Huang, A. Lobanova, H. Koch, F.F. Hattermann
Global Future projections Water

Quantifying water stress in China, now and in the future

Xingcai Liu, Qiuhong Tang, Wenfeng Liu, Ted I.E. Veldkamp, Julien Boulange, Junguo Liu, Yoshihide Wada, Zhongwei Huang, Hong Yang
China Future projections Water

How will climate change impact groundwater resources? A key but not yet fully resolved question

Robert Reinecke, Tim Trautmann, Hannes Müller Schmied
Global Future projections Water

Is the observed positive trend in global flood damages due to climate change?

Inga Sauer
Global Observed impacts Extreme events Water