Severe Global Water Cycle Shifts Due to Abrupt Climate Change

Freshwater availability for drinking is being disrupted around Earth. Same for irrigation water relied upon to grow many crops. Soils are drying out and groundwater is being depleted much faster than it can be recharged. Alpine glacier water storage in snow and ice is collapsing, and extreme droughts in some places and torrential rains with floods in other places is accelerating [1], [2].

I discuss Terrestrial Water Storage ( TWS ) measurements from GRACE satellites, and changes around Earth from 2002 to 2016, while the satellites ran.

[1] ‘ This is an eye-opener’: Changes in global water supply hint at future conflicts and crises “: ‘ By combining 14 years’ worth of satellite data, scientists have captured a startling portrait of the world’s water supply undergoing rapid transformation. The […]

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Severe Global Water Cycle Shifts from Abrupt Climate Change
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Severe Global Water Cycle Shifts from Abrupt Climate Change
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Freshwater is being disrupted around Earth. Soil is drying and groundwater is being depleted faster than it recharges. Water storage in snow and ice is collapsing, and both droughts and floods are accelerating. Terrestrial Water Storage (TWS) measurements from GRACE satellites show world water in rapid transformation.
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Paul Beckwith, Climate System Scientist

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