Feasibility study of coastal reservoirs in the Zhoushan Islands, China



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Gu, H., Guo, Q., Lin, P., Bai, L., Yang, S., Sitharam, T. G. & Liu, J. (2019). Feasibility study of coastal reservoirs in the Zhoushan Islands, China. Journal of Coastal Research: an international forum for the littoral sciences, 35 (4), 835-841.


With continuing economic and social development, tourism and ocean-related industries are rapidly growing such that the shortage of fresh water is becoming a severe problem in the Zhoushan Islands, Zhejiang, China. It was assumed that this occurred because the city is lacking freshwater resources. Driven by this assumption, a project of water diversion from the mainland has been completed for two stages, and a third stage has been planned. However, 26-28% of rain water of 4.6-4.9 billion m3 has been discharged into the sea. This is much more than that obtained from the water-diversion project. Based on an analysis of the precipitation pattern in the region, the possibility of constructing coastal reservoirs in the Zhoushan Islands are discussed, which will play a significant role in solving the freshwater shortage of islands such as Zhoushan.

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