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A NEW global, satel­lite­based study of Earth's fresh­wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion found that Earth's wet ar­eas are get­ting wet­ter, while dry ar­eas are get­ting drier. The data sug­gest that this pat­tern is due to a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, in­clud­ing hu­man wa­ter man­age­ment prac­tices, hu­man-caused cli­mate change and nat­u­ral cli­mate cy­cles.

The NASA-led re­search team, which in­cluded Hiroko Beau­do­ing, a fac­ulty spe­cial­ist at the Univer­sity of Mary­land's Earth Sys­tem Science In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Cen­ter (ESSIC), used 14 years of ob­ser­va­tions from the Grav­ity Re­cov­ery and Cli­mate Ex­per­i­ment (GRACE) mis­sion to track global trends in fresh­wa­ter in 34 re­gions around the world.


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