Water footprint of crop production and consumption in China

A rich dataset on the water footprint of crop production and consumption in China. The dataset contains annual statistics for the period 1961-2009 for 22 individual crops (wheat, maize, rice, sorghum, barley, millet, potato, sweet potato, soybean, groundnuts, sunflower, rapeseed, sugar beet, sugar cane, cotton, spinach, tomato, cabbage, apple, grapes, tea, tobacco). For each crop, the annual green and blue water footprint of production are available at high spatial resolution (5x5 arc minute). The annual green and blue water footprint of both production and consumption are available at the province level. A sub-dataset for the Yellow River Basin includes annual green, blue, and grey (nitrogen- and phosphorus-related) water footprints of 17 crops grown in the basin.

Water footprint of crop production in mainland China at 5×5 arc minute grid resolution for 22 crops (1961-2009)

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Reference: Zhuo, L., Mekonnen, M.M. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2016) The effect of inter-annual variability of consumption, production, trade and climate on crop-related green and blue water footprints and inter-regional virtual water trade: A study for China (1978-2008), Water Research, 94: 73–85

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Spatial distribution of consumptive water footprints of crop production (left) and the share of the bluewater footprint in the total (right) in China. Source: Zhuo et al. (2016).

Water footprint of both crop production (1961-2009) and consumption (1978-2009) in mainland China at the provincial level for 22 crops

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Reference: Zhuo, L., Mekonnen, M.M. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2016) The effect of inter-annual variability of consumption, production, trade and climate on crop-related green and blue water footprints and inter-regional virtual water trade: A study for China (1978-2008), Water Research, 94: 73–85

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China’s provincial crop-related net virtual water imports for 1978 (left) and 2008 (right). Source: Zhuo et al. (2016).

Green, blue, and grey (nitrogen & phosphorus) water footprint of 17 crops produced in the Yellow River Basin (1961-2009)

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Reference: Zhuo, L., Mekonnen, M.M., Hoekstra, A.Y. & Wada, Y. (2016) Inter- and intra-annual variation of water footprint of crops and blue water scarcity in the Yellow River Basin (1961-2009), Advances in Water Resources, 87: 21-41.

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Annual variability of green, blue and grey water footprints of crop production in the Yellow River Basin. Period: 1961–2009. Source: Zhuo et al. (2016).