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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3455-3461, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3455-2017
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Opinion article
12 Jul 2017
HESS Opinions: A planetary boundary on freshwater use is misleading
Maik Heistermann
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Interactive discussionStatus: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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SC1: 'Welcome commentary: commentary is not enough, need to present an alternative way forward', Murugesu Sivapalan, 12 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC1: 'Response to Prof. Sivapalan', Maik Heistermann, 24 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC1: 'Referee Report', Anonymous Referee #1, 22 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC2: 'Response to referee #1', Maik Heistermann, 24 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
SC2: 'Quantitative concerns on the concept of Planetary Boundaries on Freshwater', Christof Lorenz, 22 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC3: 'Response to Dr Lorenz', Maik Heistermann, 24 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
SC3: 'Check the freshwater planetary boundary debate', Fernando Jaramillo, 25 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC4: 'Response to Dr Jaramillo', Maik Heistermann, 27 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC2: 'A feedback mechanism is missing', Hubert H.G. Savenije, 26 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC5: 'Response to Prof Savanije', Maik Heistermann, 28 Mar 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC3: 'Review of opinion paper on freshwater planetary boundary', Dieter Gerten, 09 Apr 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC6: 'Response to Prof. Gerten', Maik Heistermann, 12 Apr 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
SC4: 'How significant is feedback?', Chris Perry, 14 Apr 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC7: 'Response to Dr Perry', Maik Heistermann, 20 Apr 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
SC5: 'Freshwater is a planetary boundary operating across scales', Johan Rockström, 02 May 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
AC8: 'Response to Prof. Rockström', Maik Heistermann, 05 May 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
AC9: 'Synopsis and suggested changes', Maik Heistermann, 05 May 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
 
AC10: 'Addendum to AC9: explicit is better than implicit...', Maik Heistermann, 22 May 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (26 May 2017) by Erwin Zehe  
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (08 Jun 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (09 Jun 2017) by Erwin Zehe  
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In 2009, the "planetary boundaries" were introduced. They consist of nine global control variables and corresponding "thresholds which, if crossed, could generate unacceptable environmental change". The idea has been very successful, but also controversial. This paper picks up the debate with regard to the boundary on "global freshwater use": it argues that such a boundary is based on mere speculation, and that any exercise of assigning actual numbers is arbitrary, premature, and misleading.
In 2009, the "planetary boundaries" were introduced. They consist of nine global control...
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