Water Resources Management

, Volume 26, Issue 13, pp 3743–3755 | Cite as

Resilience Assessment of Water Resources System

  • Dedi Liu
  • Xiaohong Chen
  • Teddy Nakato


The resilience perspective, which emphasizes the integrated, systemic concept of human and nature interactions, is increasingly used as an approach for understanding the dynamic of social-ecological system. As the water resources system (WRS) is a social-ecological system, resilience thinking such as Holling’s adaptive cycle has been adopted as a fundamental unit for understanding the water resources system dynamics in this paper. In the adaptive cycle of WRS, the likelihood shift among different phases largely depends on resilience value; and a quantitative method for estimating the resilience of WRS is proposed. The method is related to the degree of change and characteristics of the WRS, and has been applied to identify the phase of WRS in every city in Zhejiang province, China. The results of resilience assessment have also been discussed in terms of adaptive cycle.


Water resources system Adaptive cycle Resilience Zhejiang province 



This research was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51009119 and No. 51179130) and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2011M501237).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering ScienceWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Center for Water Resource and EnvironmentSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.GIS Officer Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD)KampalaUganda

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