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Ground water and climate change

Taylor, Richard G.; Scanlon, Bridget; Doll, Petra; Rodell, Matt; van beek, Rens; Wada, Y.; Longuevergne, Laurent; Leblanc, Marc; Famiglietti, James S.; Edmunds, Mike; Konikow, Leonard; Green, Timothy R.; Chen, Jianyao; Taniguchi, Makoto; Bierkens, Marc F.P.; MacDonald, Alan; Fan, Ying; Maxwell, Reed M.; Yechieli, Yossi; Gurdak, Jason J.; Allen , Diana M.; Shamsudduha, Mohammad; Hiscock, Kevin; Yeh, Pat J.-F.; Holman, Ian; Treidel, Holger. 2013 Ground water and climate change. Nature Climate Change, 3. 322-330. 10.1038/nclimate1744

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Abstract/Summary

As the world’s largest distributed store of fresh water, ground water plays a central part in sustaining ecosystems and enabling human adaptation to climate variability and change. The strategic importance of ground water for global water and food security will probably intensify under climate change as more frequent and intense climate extremes (droughts and floods) increase variability in precipitation, soil moisture and surface water. Here we critically review recent research assessing the impacts of climate on ground water through natural and human-induced processes as well as through groundwater-driven feedbacks on the climate system. Furthermore, we examine the possible opportunities and challenges of using and sustaining groundwater resources in climate adaptation strategies, and highlight the lack of groundwater observations, which, at present, limits our understanding of the dynamic relationship between ground water and climate.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1038/nclimate1744
ISSN: 1758-678X
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Climate change
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 21 Dec 2012 13:15 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/20871

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