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Analysing Implications Of Limited Water Availability For Great Barrier Reef Catchments


  • Alex Smajgl
  • Ludwig Liagre


Dependence on water is one of the factors that can determine regional vulnerability in Australia. Climate change is predicted to change rainfall patterns in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region, and scarce water resources have the potential to make regional Queensland economies increasingly vulnerable. Understanding which economic sectors depend on water as an input factor helps in understanding sectoral and regional vulnerability, and thus in guiding regional policy aimed at structural change. Using a regional Queensland Input-Output (IO) model, this paper integrates water consumption of the GBR region and then compares monetary IO multipliers with water consumption multipliers. We argue that these IO multipliers can inform regional decision makers about potential future regional vulnerability by taking into account limited water resources.

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  • Alex Smajgl & Ludwig Liagre, 2010. "Analysing Implications Of Limited Water Availability For Great Barrier Reef Catchments," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(3), pages 263-277.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:22:y:2010:i:3:p:263-277
    DOI: 10.1080/09535314.2010.496447

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    1. Lilian Albornoz & Hilda Guerrero García Rojas & Daniel Adrián, 2014. "La vulnerabilidad de la economía yucateca ante limitaciones en la disponibilidad de agua subterránea. Un enfoque de insumo producto," Ensayos Revista de Economia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Economia, vol. 0(2), pages 77-104, November.


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