Articles | Volume 20, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4547–4559, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4547-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4547–4559, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4547-2016

Research article 14 Nov 2016

Research article | 14 Nov 2016

Benchmark levels for the consumptive water footprint of crop production for different environmental conditions: a case study for winter wheat in China

La Zhuo et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (30 Jul 2016) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
AR by La Zhuo on behalf of the Authors (27 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Aug 2016) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Oct 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Oct 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Oct 2016) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
AR by La Zhuo on behalf of the Authors (26 Oct 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Benchmarks for the water footprint (WF) of crop production can serve as a reference and be helpful in setting WF reduction targets. The study explores which environmental factors should be distinguished when determining benchmarks for the consumptive (green and blue) WF of crops. Through a case study for winter wheat in China over 1961–2008, we find that when determining benchmark levels for the consumptive WF of a crop, it is most useful to distinguish between different climate zones.