Comparison of potential water supply and demand in Taiwan

Chien Tsun Lin, Hsin Hsiung Chen, Tomonori Kume, Chyi Rong Chiou

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The authors estimated the potential water supply in Taiwan based on hydrologic and water resource data sets pertaining to 233 rainfall stations, 145 stage stations and 109 reservoirs. The comparison between potential water supply estimates and predicted water demand indicated a slight water shortage, even though Taiwan normally receives a large amount of rainfall. This predicted water shortage likely occurred due to the uneven distribution of rainfall in Taiwan. Taken together, the results of this study demonstrate the importance of conservation of forests and paddy fields for the maintenance of base flow and effective management of reservoirs in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalWater International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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