Assessing past and future water demands under climate change and anthropogenic pressures on two Mediterranean basins

Abstract : The Ebro (Spain) and the Herault (France) are contrasting catchments representative of the Mediterranean context. Simultaneous increases of population, irrigated areas and industrial development observed in the recent past associated with future climate change indicators shows the necessity of considering the capacity of these catchments to satisfy water demand. This evaluation requires knowledge of the spatiotemporal dynamics of water demands and their main drivers. This paper thus presents a conceptual modelling framework to estimate water demand and its evolution. The Ebro basin is dominated by agricultural water demand, which has been increasing, mostly due to the expansion of irrigated areas. In the Herault basin, domestic demand has greatly increased since the 1970s. Future water demand was assessed by the 2050 horizon under climatic and socio-economic scenarios. Results show that water demand should keep increasing notably for irrigation requirements. This work was a first step to analyse the capacity of each hydro-system to satisfy current and future water demands.
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Benjamin Grouillet, J. Fabre, Denis Ruelland, L. Collet, J.-F. Boyer. Assessing past and future water demands under climate change and anthropogenic pressures on two Mediterranean basins. 7th World FRIEND-Water Conference on Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions, Oct 2014, Montpellier, France. ⟨hal-02064308⟩

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