Projections reveal the vulnerability of freshwater to climate change

19 February 2024

Climate and land use changes are causing significant alterations in global terrestrial water storage, impacting extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, a Griffith University-led study has found.

Published in One Earth, the study investigated terrestrial water storage and projected future changes under three different future climate change and socio-economic scenarios:

1) a middle-of-the-road scenario with balance economic growth, moderate population and cautious energy use

2) a regional-rivalry scenario with competitive, region-focused societies, high energy use and moderate environmental concerns

3) a fossil-fueled-development scenario with rapid economic growth, a rising global population and a heavy reliance on fossil fuels

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