Assessment of future Syrian water resources supply and demand by WEAP model.

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Assessment of future Syrian water resources supply and demand by WEAP model. / Mourad, Khaldoon A.; Alshihabi, Omran.

In: Hydrological Sciences Journal, Vol. 61, 2016.

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T1 - Assessment of future Syrian water resources supply and demand by WEAP model.

AU - Mourad, Khaldoon A.

AU - Alshihabi, Omran

N1 - Accepted author version posted online: 20 Dec 2014

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - Water availability is one of the most important factors for economic development in the Middle East. The Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) model was used to assess present and future water demand and supply in Syria till 2050. Nonconventional water resources, climate change, development, industrial growth, regional cooperation, and implementation of new water saving techniques/devices were considered important factors to include in the analysis using the WEAP model. Six scenarios were evaluated depending on the actual situation, climate change, best available technology, advanced technology, regional cooperation, and regional conflict. The results displayed a vital need for new water resources to balance the unmet water demands. Climate change will have a major effect on the Syrian water resources; possible regional conflict will also to a major extent affect water balance. However, regional cooperation and using the best available technology can help in minimizing the gap between supply and demand.

AB - Water availability is one of the most important factors for economic development in the Middle East. The Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) model was used to assess present and future water demand and supply in Syria till 2050. Nonconventional water resources, climate change, development, industrial growth, regional cooperation, and implementation of new water saving techniques/devices were considered important factors to include in the analysis using the WEAP model. Six scenarios were evaluated depending on the actual situation, climate change, best available technology, advanced technology, regional cooperation, and regional conflict. The results displayed a vital need for new water resources to balance the unmet water demands. Climate change will have a major effect on the Syrian water resources; possible regional conflict will also to a major extent affect water balance. However, regional cooperation and using the best available technology can help in minimizing the gap between supply and demand.

KW - demand

KW - supply

KW - nonconventional water

KW - climate change

KW - Syria

U2 - 10.1080/02626667.2014.999779

DO - 10.1080/02626667.2014.999779

M3 - Specialist publication article

VL - 61

JO - Hydrological Sciences Bulletin

T2 - Hydrological Sciences Bulletin

JF - Hydrological Sciences Bulletin

SN - 0262-6667

PB - Taylor & Francis

ER -