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Recent Changes in Land Water Storage and Its Contribution to Sea Level VariationsSea level rise is generally attributed to increased ocean heat content and increased rates glacier and ice melt. However, human transformations of Earth's surface have impacted water exchange between land, atmosphere, and ocean, ultimately affecting global sea level variations. Impoundment of water in reservoirs and artificial lakes has reduced the outflow of water to the sea, while river runoff has increased due to groundwater mining, wetland and endorheic lake storage losses, and deforestation. In addition, climate-driven changes in land water stores can have a large impact on global sea level variations over decadal timescales. Here, we review each component of negative and positive land water contribution separately in order to highlight and understand recent changes in land water contribution to sea level variations.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Wada, Yoshihide
(Science Collaborator)
Reager, John T.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Chao, Benjamin F.
(Academia Sinica Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China)
Wang, Jida
(Kansas State Univ. Manhattan, KS, United States)
Lo, Min-Hui
(National Taiwan Univ. Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China)
Song, Chunqiao
(California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Li, Yuwen
(Academia Sinica Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China)
Gardner, Alex S.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
November 22, 2016
Publication Date
November 15, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: Surveys in Geophysics
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Report/Patent Number
Distribution Limits
Reservoir impoundment
Climate variability
Groundwater depletion
Sea level rise
Land water storage

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