Recent Changes in Land Water Storage and its Contribution to Sea Level Variations

Yoshihide Wada, John T. Reager, Benjamin F. Chao, Jida Wang, Min Hui Lo, Chunqiao Song, Yuwen Li, Alex S. Gardner

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Sea 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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-152
Number of pages22
JournalSurveys in Geophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


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