Thursday, March 17, 2016

Climate Change Redistributes Global Water Resources

This study marked the first time scientists have used specific measurements to demonstrate how water sources are changing, especially in the northeastern United States. (Stock image) (Credit: © NoraDoa / Fotolia) Click to Enlarge.
Rising temperatures worldwide are changing not only weather systems, but -- just as importantly -- the distribution of water around the globe, according to a study published in the journal, Scientific Reports.

Analysis of more than 40 years of water samples archived at the Hubbard Brook Experiment Forest (HBEF) in New Hampshire tells a vivid tale of how the sources of precipitation have changed.  Over the years, there has been a dramatic increase, especially during the winter, of the amount of water that originated far to the north.

"In the later years, we saw more water derived from evaporation of the Arctic and the North Atlantic oceans," said Tamir Puntsag, a graduate student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, New York, and the lead author on the study.

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