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The challenge of closing the climate adaptation gap for water supply utilities

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Many drinking water utilities face immense challenges in supplying sustainable, drought-resilient services to households. Here we propose a quantified framework to perform drought risk analysis on ~5600 potable water supply utilities and evaluate the benefit of adaptation actions. We identify global hotspots of present-day and mid-century drought risk under future scenarios of climate change and demand growth (namely, SSP1-2.6, SSP3-7.0, SSP5-8.5). We estimate the mean rate of unsustainable o...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s43247-024-01272-3

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Plant Sciences
Sub department:
Environmental Change Institute
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-7727-2368
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ORCID:
0000-0001-9651-8821
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Plant Sciences
Sub department:
Environmental Change Institute
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Plant Sciences
Sub department:
Environmental Change Institute
Role:
Author
More by this author
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-7024-1075
Publisher:
Nature Research
Journal:
Communications Earth & Environment More from this journal
Volume:
5
Issue:
1
Article number:
356
Publication date:
2024-06-29
Acceptance date:
2024-02-14
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EISSN:
2662-4435
Language:
English
Source identifiers:
2081310
Deposit date:
2024-07-02
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