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Climate Change: Groundwater An Out-Of-Sight Crisis

by: Yvonne Doff
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Attention for climate change worldwide? Fortunately, yes. However, the groundwater challenge's effects are still underexposed — time to tackle this out-of-sight, growing crisis. Climate Change: Groundwater An out-of-sight Crisis

Groundwater Is A Valuable Resource

Groundwater is a valuable resource that meets many of the hydrological needs of people and habitats worldwide. Groundwater provides a safety net against climate change; it contributes to streams in rivers and lakes, supports aquifers' proper functioning, and promotes economic activity. A durable and flourishing future depends on surface water.

The quality and also the quantity of groundwater are affected by long periods of drought and flooding. This is a consequence of the extreme events and variations in precipitation caused by climate change.


                    War For Water: What Happens When Asia's Rivers Dry Up? | The Longest Day | Climate Change

6 Million People Rely On California's Groundwater

More than 6 million people in California depend on groundwater for water supply. In times of drought, this amounts to almost 60% of the freshwater used throughout California. In agricultural areas, such as Central Valley, this is even higher. If less groundwater is available, this harms infrastructure, agricultural productivity, and ecosystems. Besides, rising sea levels can penetrate coastal aquifers, polluting drinking water sources.

canal, land, water, sky

Photo by Rolf Schulten. The California Aqueduct moves water from the state’s wetter north to the drier south. But it can’t carry enough water to prevent overpumping of groundwater. 

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Indirect Effects Caused By Humans Worldwide

Because we initiate environmental changes worldwide, the groundwater supply also is under pressure. There are more intensive land use and domestic activities. In India, there was a "silent revolution" as a result of undifferentiated extraction. This has resulted in an annual groundwater use that is more than that of both the U.S. and China combined.

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Photo by Vietnam News/ANN. Canals severely polluted for years and have been affecting local people’s health (Viet Nam News/ANN)

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The Role Of Groundwater In Water And Food Supply

That groundwater plays an essential role in water supply, and food security is clear. There is an urgent need for up-to-date research, raising awareness, and sharing knowledge about climate change and groundwater. Only then can we make a change, and sustainable use will remain. This will strongly lead to the achievement of SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and other SDG's, like poverty eradication (SDG 1), fighting climate change (SDG 13), food security (SDG 2), and gender equality (SDG 5).

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A True Opportunity in Hand

The relationship between groundwater and climate change must be further investigated, with extra focus on the effects of a changing climate on the subsurface. International organizations, academics, policymakers, businesses, and citizens need to approach these interrelations by taking four steps to good decision-making.

  • First, share and inform people about the latest scientific investigation, tools, methodologies, technologies, and policy approaches to climate change and groundwater. It would help if you raised awareness about climate change and groundwater.
  • Secondly, gather practical information, performed on-site, reporting on links between groundwater and climate change. These can be an inspiring source of change that can be reproduced.
  • Third, make it easy for people to participate in political and scientific discussions. Organize collaborative events between established networks, experts, partners, and other key stakeholders, and have exchange knowledge sessions. This will raise the awareness to create solutions.
  • Lastly, promote sharing and exchange scientific studies about the effects of climate change on groundwater. When information is way more approachable, there will be room for discussion. It is our job to circulate these issues through our network. Let's bring these issues up in meetings, governance, and legislative processes.

Water well, stairs
Photo by Rowan Heuvel. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Conclusion

The effects of the groundwater challenge are still underexposed. Still, eventually, with more policy and scientific research, decision-making processes should be improved. The sustainable use and management of groundwater globally need an improvement to aim goals, like SDG 6 and other related purposes. Our near future depends on it.

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But it can’t carry enough water to prevent overpumping of groundwater.   Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Indirect Effects Caused By Humans Worldwide Because we initiate environmental changes worldwide, the groundwater supply also is under pressure. There are more intensive land use and domestic activities. In India, there was a "silent revolution" as a result of undifferentiated extraction. This has resulted in an annual groundwater use that is more than that of both the U.S. and China combined. Photo by Vietnam News/ANN. Canals severely polluted for years and have been affecting local people’s health (Viet Nam News/ANN) Recommended:  Asia’s Water War: Is The Mekong Still A River? The Role Of Groundwater In Water And Food Supply That groundwater plays an essential role in water supply, and food security is clear. There is an urgent need for up-to-date research, raising awareness, and sharing knowledge about climate change and groundwater. Only then can we make a change, and sustainable use will remain. This will strongly lead to the achievement of SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and other SDG's, like poverty eradication (SDG 1), fighting climate change (SDG 13), food security (SDG 2), and gender equality (SDG 5). A True Opportunity in Hand The relationship between groundwater and climate change must be further investigated, with extra focus on the effects of a changing climate on the subsurface. International organizations, academics, policymakers, businesses, and citizens need to approach these interrelations by taking four steps to good decision-making. First, share and inform people about the latest scientific investigation, tools, methodologies, technologies, and policy approaches to climate change and groundwater. It would help if you raised awareness about climate change and groundwater. Secondly, gather practical information, performed on-site, reporting on links between groundwater and climate change. 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