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Burden shifting of water quantity and quality stress from megacity Shanghai : BURDEN SHIFTING OF WATER STRESS FROM MEGACITY SHANGHAI

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            Journal
            Water Resources Research
            Water Resour. Res.
            Wiley-Blackwell
            00431397
            September 2016
            September 13 2016
            : 52
            : 9
            : 6916-6927
            10.1002/2016WR018595
            © 2016

            http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/tdm_license_1

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