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Publication Date
11 April 2023

Global monthly sectoral water use for 2010–2100 at 0.5° resolution across alternative futures



Water usage is closely linked with societal goals that are both local and global in scale, such as sustainable development and economic growth. It is therefore of value, particularly for long-term planning, to understand how future sectoral water usage could evolve on a global scale at fine resolution. Additionally, future water usage could be strongly shaped by global forces, such as socioeconomic and climate change, and the multi-sector dynamic interactions those forces create. We generate a novel global gridded monthly sectoral water withdrawal and consumption dataset at 0.5° resolution for 2010–2100 for a diverse range of 75 scenarios. The scenarios are harmonized with the five Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) and four Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) scenarios to support its usage in studies evaluating the implications of uncertain human and earth system change for future global and regional dynamics. To generate the data, we couple the Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM) with a land use spatial downscaling model (Demeter), a global hydrologic framework (Xanthos), and a water withdrawal downscaling model (Tethys).

Khan, Zarrar, Isaac Thompson, Chris R. Vernon, Neal T. Graham, Thomas B. Wild, and Min Chen. 2023. “Global Monthly Sectoral Water Use For 2010–2100 At 0.5° Resolution Across Alternative Futures”. Scientific Data 10 (1). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi:10.1038/s41597-023-02086-2.
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