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Water Cycle Wrapped

15 May 2019

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As our climate changes, the availability of freshwater is a growing issue for many people around the world. Understanding the water cycle and how the climate and human usage is causing shifts in natural cycling processes is vital to safeguarding supplies. While numerous satellites measure individual components of the water cycle, it has never been described as a whole over a particular region – until now.

Cycling through the oceans, land, ice and the atmosphere, the principles of the way water moves around our planet have remained the same for billions of years.

Source: ESA

Image credit: Victor Pellet et al - Mean annual fluxes (km3 yr−1) of the Mediterranean WC

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