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Global industrial water use for year 2000 (millions of m3/year per 0.5 degree grid cell).

Map description and dataset provided by: Water Systems Analysis Group, Complex System Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, USA

DescriptionIndustrial Water Use

Distribution of contemporary industrial water use throughout the globe and illustrates the considerable demand for water in the highly populated and industrialized regions of the globe. This demand is most evident in developed nations predominantly near big cities where industrial activity is most prevalent.

Interpretation

Industrial water use includes water used to manufacture products such as steel, chemical, and paper, refining processes for petroleum and metals, heating and cooling processes, sanitation, washing, transport of materials, and steam generation. Industrial water demand is linked closely to both population growth and economic development. As developing countries increase their industrial capabilities water demand to support these activities is be expected to increase.

Source

The dataset for this map was provided by: Charles J. Vörösmarty, Water Systems Analysis Group, Complex System Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, USA

Background

This dataset was developed for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Series, Ecosystems And Human Well-Being: Current State And Trends, Findings of the Condition and Trends Working Group (http://www.maweb.org/en/Condition.aspx) and represents and update to the water demand dataset developed for Vörösmarty et al., 2000..

Citation

Please cite this map as: "GWSP Digital Water Atlas (2008). Map 45: Industrial Water Use (V1.0). Available online at http://atlas.gwsp.org."

Contact Information

Charles J. Vörösmarty, Water Systems Analysis Group, Complex System Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA 03824, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone: +01.603.862.0850, Fax: +01.603.8

 
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