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 Yellow River stretches 3,350 mi (5,400 km) through nine provinces in Northern China. Frequent flooding and droughts make water management on the Yellow a challenge. Each province along the Yellow is allocated a percentage of the river’s water supply according to China’s 1987 water allocation plan, which is administrated by the Yellow River Conservancy Commission. The predominant water use in the Yellow River basin is irrigated agriculture.

The Yellow River Basin Study focuses on the specific characteristics of the indicator data and calculation in the Yellow 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 Yellow River Basin Study metadata document.


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

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

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