Articles | Volume 19, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4581–4608, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4581-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4581–4608, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4581-2015

Review article 18 Nov 2015

Review article | 18 Nov 2015

Review and classification of indicators of green water availability and scarcity

J. F. Schyns et al.

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The paper draws attention to the fact that green water (soil moisture returning to the atmosphere through evaporation) is a scarce resource, because its availability is limited and there are competing demands for green water. Around 80 indicators of green water availability and scarcity are reviewed and classified based on their scope and purpose of measurement. This is useful in order to properly include limitations in green water availability in water scarcity assessments.