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Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Vol. 288, No.xx , 2008; Pages:
1-12

Climate change and groundwater: a short review

W. Dragoni and B. S. Sukhija

National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad-500 007, India.


Abstract

There is a general consensus that climate change is an ongoing phenomenon. This will inevitably bring about numerous environmental problems, including alterations to the hydrological cycle, which is already heavily influenced by anthropogenic activity. The available climate scenarios indicate areas where rainfall may increase or diminish, but the final outcome with respect to man and environment will, generally, be detrimental. Groundwater will be vital to alleviate some of the worst drought situations. The paper analyses the main methods for studying the relationships between climate change and groundwater, and presents the main areas in which hydrogeological research should focus in order to mitigate the likely impacts.

Keywords:environmental problems, groundwater, anthropogenic activity, hydrological cycle, Climate Change.


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