Urban Water Security Assessment in Korea Under Climate Change: Case Studies of Seoul, Busan, and Jeju City from a Resource Nexus Perspective

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    Halim Lee

    Along with utilising the Resource Nexus concept for the entire conceptual framework of this study, this research employs the Water Security Index (WSI) proposed by Babel et al. (2020) to investigate the multidimensional metric of water security as an assessment tool. The exploration of three case studies – namely Seoul, Busan, and Jeju city – selected from a range of hydro-climatic and socio-economic areas in Korea aims to make a substantial contribution to addressing the challenges of urban water security, and to disseminate the issues to broader areas. This study would conclusively provide a perspective on the current state of urban water policy interventions in Korea, and contribute to shaping the operationalisation of the broadly-stated water security concept into a more tangible and measurable concept from a Resource Nexus approach. This can ultimately support with identifying the interconnected crises of water, soil, biodiversity, food, energy, and waste issues more accurately, and establish countermeasures for future urban water security – particularly in relation to climate change.