Ground water and climate change

Taylor, Richard G., Scanlon, Bridget, Döll, Petra, Rodell, Matt, van Beek, Rens, Wada, Yoshihide, 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, and Treidel, Holger (2013) Ground water and climate change. Nature Climate Change, 3 (4). pp. 322-329.

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Abstract

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 ID: 28725
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6798
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 05:28
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040603 Hydrogeology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
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