HOW IS CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTING THE WATER CYCLE?
Climate change increases our risk of both heavy rains and extreme droughts. But why – and how – is that? Aren't the two contradictory?
Science has shown that climate change touches every corner of our planet’s ecosystem, and the water cycle is no exception. Because the processes involved are highly dependent on temperature, changes in one have consequences on the other. Specifically, as global temperatures have steadily increased at their fastest rates in millions of years, it’s directly affected things like water vapor concentrations, clouds, precipitation patterns, and stream flow patterns, which are all related to the water cycle.