WRI has conducted in-depth studies in a number of key river basins around the world. These basin studies have helped develop, refine, and validate the Water Risk Framework at the core of the Aqueduct global maps, and uncovered a wealth of knowledge about the unique conditions in critical river basins around the world.

The Yangtze River is the longest river in China, running for over 4,000 miles (6,300 km) through 19 provinces in Southern China. The Yangtze basin typically experiences a rainy summer monsoon season, which can lead to flooding. The Yangtze is a major development area for China, and is already home to 40% of the country’s total GDP. Most of the water use in the basin is for irrigation, primarily for water-intensive rice production.

The Yangtze River Basin Study focuses on the specific characteristics of the indicator data and calculation in the Yangtze River Basin. The data used for the study were developed in consultation with local experts and are publicly available. The details of the data, sources, and methodology are provided in the Yangtze River Basin Study metadata document.


Suggested Citation: Gassert, F., T. Luo, T. Shiao, and M. Luck. 2013. “Yangtze River Basin Study.” Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at /publication/aqueduct-metadata-yangtze-river-basin.

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The Yangtze River Basin Study is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (unported) License.

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