W. Dragoni and B. S. Sukhija
National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad-500
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.
problems, groundwater, anthropogenic activity, hydrological
cycle, Climate Change.