Renewable freshwater resources per capita for select OECD countries

Top 10 in the OECD, long-term annual average per capita, thousand cubic metres

Definitions

This dataset present long term annual averages of renewable freshwater resources, which aggregates the quantity of water received from precipitation net of evapotranspiration, and from inflowing rivers from neighbouring countries.

Internal resources: are evaluated as precipitation less evapotranspiration.

Total renewable: net result of precipitation minus evapotranspiration plus inflow (water flows from neighbouring countries).

This definition ignores differences in storage and represents the maximum quantity of water on average available.

Limitations of the data

When interpreting these data, it should be borne in mind that the definitions and estimation methods employed by Member countries may vary considerably among countries.

Data provided by

OECD

Dataset name

OECD Environment Statistics: Freshwater resources 2015

Webpage:

http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=WATER_RESOURCES

How to find the data

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Import & extraction details

File as imported: OECD Environment Statistics: Freshwater resources 2015

From the dataset OECD Environment Statistics: Freshwater resources 2015, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-139
  • Column: 5
  • Provided: 138 data points

This data forms the table International Comparisons - Long term annual average of freshwater resources in OECD countries.

Purpose of collection

This dataset takes stock of available freshwater resources in OECD countries.
Freshwater resources, particularly their renewable component (i.e. available for abstraction), are essential to the development of human life and economic activities.