Urban Water Security for Sustainable Cities in the Context of Climate Change

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Urban development and growth cycle are the primary drivers of environmental change on a local to regional scale. Change in land use/cover, biodiversity, water resources use and availability, biogeochemical cycles are some of the examples of the shift that could be expected from urban growth. This chapter focuses on a few case studies to highlight the status of urban growth and their impacts on water use and availability, in general, water security of the region. Urban water security is one of the goals of sustainable cities, but water resources are under dire threat due to the burgeoning population and urban development. The examples presented in this chapter could be used as a lesson to plan forward and manage small and large-sized cities that are facing the urban plight in the context of climate change.

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Water, Climate Change, and Sustainability