Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Research article
12 May 2015
Research article |  | 12 May 2015

Evolution of the human–water relationships in the Heihe River basin in the past 2000 years

Z. Lu, Y. Wei, H. Xiao, S. Zou, J. Xie, J. Ren, and A. Western


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This paper quantitatively analyzed the evolution of human-water relationships in the Heihe River basin over the past 2000 years by reconstructing the catchment water balance. The results provided the basis for investigating the impacts of human societies on hydrological systems. The evolutionary processes of human-water relationships can be divided into four stages: predevelopment, take-off, acceleration, and rebalancing. And the transition of the human-water relationship had no fixed pattern.