Articles | Volume 26, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 861–883, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-861-2022

Special issue: Socio-hydrology and transboundary rivers

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 861–883, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-861-2022

Research article 17 Feb 2022

Research article | 17 Feb 2022

Future upstream water consumption and its impact on downstream water availability in the transboundary Indus Basin

Wouter J. Smolenaars et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-400', Anonymous Referee #1, 14 Aug 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Wouter Smolenaars, 26 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-400', Anonymous Referee #2, 31 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Wouter Smolenaars, 26 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (07 Nov 2021) by Murugesu Sivapalan
AR by Wouter Smolenaars on behalf of the Authors (17 Dec 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (17 Dec 2021) by Murugesu Sivapalan
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Dec 2021) by Murugesu Sivapalan
ED: Publish as is (17 Jan 2022) by Murugesu Sivapalan
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Short summary
The arid plains of the lower Indus Basin rely heavily on the water provided by the mountainous upper Indus. Rapid population growth in the upper Indus is expected to increase the water that is consumed there. This will subsequently reduce the water that is available for the downstream plains, where the population and water demand are also expected to grow. In future, this may aggravate tensions over the division of water between the countries that share the Indus Basin.