PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (3): 373-380.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2015.03.012

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Entropy weight-based water security assessment in Asia-Pacific

Hong JIANG, Xiaoliu YANG()   

  1. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2014-10-01 Revised:2015-01-01 Online:2015-03-25 Published:2015-03-25


In this study the entropy method was adopted to calculate the indicator weights of the water security indicator system and the water security status of the 47 countries in the Asia-Pacific region were then assessed. National water security consists of 5 dimensions—household water security, economic water security, urban water security, environmental water security, and resilience to water-related disasters. The regional disparity of household water security is most significant, while the minimum value of regional disparity is found in resilience to water-related disasters. Regional economic water security is relatively satisfactory in Asia-Pacific; however, compared to other dimensions, resilience to water-related disasters is less satisfactory. The assessment reveals the actual water security status of countries and the result indicates that Australia, New-Zealand, and Malaysia are the most favorable countries in terms of national water security, but Kiribati is the worst country; countries in East Asia and the Pacific are in a much better condition than those in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central-West Asia. The overall water security situation in Asia and the Pacific region urgently needs improvement.

Key words: water security, assessment indicator system, entropy weight, Asia-Pacific