Water Footprint Outcomes and Policy Relevance Change with Scale Considered: Evidence from California

Published: September 2014

Authors: Julian Fulton, Heather Cooley, and Peter Gleick

Pages: 22



The “water footprint” — the amount of freshwater used both directly and indirectly throughout the production chain of a good or service — has emerged as a valuable tool to evaluate the impact of human activity on the world’s water resources. This article, originally published in the journal Water Resources Management, shows that water footprint assessments may find greater policy relevance when scaled to analytical units where water-related decision-making occurs.

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