PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2007, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (2): 126-132.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2007.02.014

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Resear ch on Regional Water Resour ces Car rying Capacity Theory and Method

ZHANG Yongyong1, XIA Jun1,2, WANG zhonggen2   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan,430072|
    2. Key Laboratory of Water Cycle and Related land Surface Processes, CAS, Beijing, 100101
  • Received:2006-07-01 Revised:2007-03-01 Online:2007-03-25 Published:2007-03-25


Based on regional water resource carrying capacity research, this article took urbanized areas as a research object and began from water cycle process in the urbanized area to discuss water resource transform process that is influenced by intensive humanity activity and to analyze water resource carrying capacity connotation of urbanization area. The basic theories were proposed for water resources carrying capacity research in urbanized area, namely: the water cycle theory under changing environment, the interaction theory between urbanization, and the "social economy- water resources- ecological environment" composite system and sustainable development theory. Moreover, under the sustainable development principle, we brought the urbanized area water resource carrying capacity research into the complicated system of region " social economy - water resources - ecology and environment", and analyzed the coordinated relationship among water resources, social economy development, and ecological and environmental protection. We also proposed the theory frame and the method of water resources carrying capacity quantification research in urbanized areas. The research results may provide a theory support for implementation of water saving strategy, water resource reasonable disposition and sustainable development in urbanized areas..

Key words: sustainable development, urbanized area, water resources carrying capacity