Global Water Resources: Vulnerability from Climate Change and Population Growth
The future adequacy of freshwater resources is difficult to assess, owing to a complex and rapidly changing geography of water supply and use. Numerical experiments combining climate model outputs, water budgets, and socioeconomic information along digitized river networks demonstrate that (i) a large proportion of the world's population is currently experiencing water stress and (ii) rising water demands greatly outweigh greenhouse warming in defining the state of global water systems to 2025. Consideration of direct human impacts on global water supply remains a poorly articulated but potentially important facet of the larger global change question.
Earth Systems Research Center
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Vorosmarty, C.J. P. Green, J. Salisbury, R.B. Lammers (2000a) Global Water Resources: Vulnerability from Climate Change and Population Growth, Science, 289:284-288, July 14, 2000.