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Quality matters for water scarcity

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Quality requirements for water differ by intended use. Sustainable management of water resources for different uses will not only need to account for demand in water quantity, but also for water temperature and salinity, nutrient levels and other pollutants.

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Acknowledgements

S. Eisner and R.v.Beek are kindly acknowledged for providing simulations of water availability and temperature, UN GEMS/Water for supplying observed water quality records, and C. Kroeze for helpful comments on this article. M.T.H.v.V was financially supported by a Veni-grant (project no. 863.14.008) of NWO Earth and Life Sciences (ALW).

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  1. Michelle T.H. van Vliet is at the Water Systems and Global Change group, Wageningen University, PO Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, Netherlands

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  2. Martina Flörke is at the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Wilhelmshöher Allee 47, 34109 Kassel, Germany

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  3. Yoshihide Wada is at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria

    • Yoshihide Wada

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