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Issues in Ecology, Issue 09: Water in a Changing World

This report illustrates the disruption of the global water cycle as a result of human activities. The global hydrological cycle’s surface and ground water processes are detailed. The global distribution of freshwater resources and its accessibility to human populations is discussed. The increasing human demand for fresh water sources is addressed, while explaining the differences between renewable and non renewable sources. The report also discusses global warming effects as they relate to the hydrological cycle. Research and management implications to mitigate current and future freshwater supply are mentioned. Issues in Ecology is an ongoing series of reports designed to present major ecological issues in an easy-to-read manner. This Issue summarizes the consensus of a panel of scientific experts based on the information that was current and available at the time of its publication in 2001.
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Resource Group This resource is part of ESA's Issues in Ecology series.
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Water cycle, Ground water, Freshwater supply, Renewable water supplies, Water Use, Climate Change, Water, report
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used for general information, classroom reading and discussion, and as a springboard for more information research. The report illustrates applications of ecology as it relates to our society and environment.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Department of Biology
and Nicholas School of the Environment
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Secondary Author Name(s) Stephen R. Carpenter, Clifford N. Dahm, et al.
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Center for Limnology, University
of Wisconsin

Department of Biology, University of
New Mexico
Rights Copyright 2008 by Robert B. Jackson, Stephen R. Carpenter, Clifford N. Dahm, Diane M. McKnight, Robert J. Naiman, Sandra L. Postel, Steven W. Running, and the Ecological Society of America
Date Of Record Submission 2008-04-17

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