Our lakes are evaporating faster than we thought
In a heated environment, lakes on Earth grow more algae and warm waters deplete their oxygen supply, but they also evaporate far more quickly than previously assumed
In addition to an increase in solar radiation, a recent study found that clouds are altering and making the sky thirstier than ever
Additionally, as glaciers and ice fields melted, there were more freshwater surfaces and the water cycle accelerated.
According to our present understanding, there are 1.4 million lakes, covering around five million square kilometres of the Earth's surface.
Researchers at Texas A&M University have now begun crunching satellite data from 1985 to 2018. monthly rate of water loss
They discovered that the sky actually takes in 1,500 cubic kilometres of water annually, which is 15% (more than three billion litres) more than they had anticipated.
Additionally, it has been demonstrated that constructed lakes and reservoirs evaporate more quickly.
Only 5% of fresh water is stored by them, yet they generate more steam (16%) than is used globally for home and industrial purposes combined
The public now has access to evaporation data from the World Lakes Database, and researchers encourage the scientific community and water management decision-makers to use this useful data.
The only other way to comprehend the part lakes, especially artificial reservoirs, play in global weather patterns, floods, droughts, and climate change is to do this.
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