Challenges and Proposals for Socio-Ecological Sustainability of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct (Spain) under Climate Change

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Title: Challenges and Proposals for Socio-Ecological Sustainability of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct (Spain) under Climate Change
Authors: Morote Seguido, Álvaro Francisco | Olcina Cantos, Jorge | Rico, Antonio
Research Group/s: Agua y Territorio | Clima y Ordenación del Territorio | Grupo de Investigación en Historia y Clima
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Tagus–Segura | Water | Closure | Climate change
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: 9-Nov-2017
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Morote Á-F, Olcina J, Rico A-M. Challenges and Proposals for Socio-Ecological Sustainability of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct (Spain) under Climate Change. Sustainability. 2017; 9(11):2058. doi:10.3390/su9112058
Abstract: Since its inauguration in 1979, the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct has become one of the hydraulic infrastructures that has had the most significant socio-economic repercussions in Spain during the past few decades. The aqueduct is significant for its strategic importance and developmental potential for south-east Spain, where it provides water for agriculture as well as for tourism and urban consumption. The aim of this study is to analyze the uncertainties regarding the future functioning of this infrastructure in view of the reduction of water resources and a higher frequency of drought episodes due to climate change. To this end, an analysis was performed on previous studies of hydrological plans, regulations and studies on climate change in order to enable an assessment to be made of the possible effects of these changes on the normal functions of the Tagus–Segura Aqueduct. Consideration is also given to the new management rules that have regulated this infrastructure since 2014, the use of alternative water resources, and proposals such as measures to increase resilience in light of future climate change scenarios and their effects on the Mediterranean.
Sponsor: The results presented in this article are part of the research project “Uses and management of non-conventional water resources in the coast of Valencia and Murcia as an adaptation strategy to drought” funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO) under grant number CSO2015-65182-C2-2-P.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/71131
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su9112058
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su9112058
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