Terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change

Fulu Tao, Masayuki Yokosawa, Yousay Hayashi, Erda Lin

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Abstract

The terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change are critical for agricultural and natural ecosystems. In this paper, we assess both by running a macro-scale water balance model under a baseline condition and 2 General Circulation Model (GCM)-based climate change scenarios. The results show that in 2021-2030, water demand will increase worldwide due to climate change. Water shortage is expected to worsen in western Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, northern and southern Africa, northeastern Australia, southwestern North America, and central South America. A significant increase in surface runoff is expected in southern Asia and a significant decrease is expected in northern South America. These changes will have implications for regional environment and socioeconomics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalAmbio
Volume32
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun
Externally publishedYes

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Climate change
climate change
water
Water
baseline conditions
water demand
general circulation model
water budget
Southern Africa
Runoff
Ecosystems
runoff
shortage
Macros
ecosystem
scenario
demand
South America
Southern Asia
Western Asia

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecology

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Tao, F., Yokosawa, M., Hayashi, Y., & Lin, E. (2003). Terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change. Ambio, 32(4), 295-301.

Terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change. / Tao, Fulu; Yokosawa, Masayuki; Hayashi, Yousay; Lin, Erda.

In: Ambio, Vol. 32, No. 4, 06.2003, p. 295-301.

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Tao, F, Yokosawa, M, Hayashi, Y & Lin, E 2003, 'Terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change', Ambio, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 295-301.
Tao F, Yokosawa M, Hayashi Y, Lin E. Terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change. Ambio. 2003 Jun;32(4):295-301.
Tao, Fulu ; Yokosawa, Masayuki ; Hayashi, Yousay ; Lin, Erda. / Terrestrial water cycle and the impact of climate change. In: Ambio. 2003 ; Vol. 32, No. 4. pp. 295-301.
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