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The global groundwater crisis

Groundwater depletion the world over poses a far greater threat to global water security than is currently acknowledged.

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Figure 1: NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission is providing new, space-based insights into the global nature of groundwater depletion3,4,5.
Figure 2: Water storage declines (mm equivalent water height) in several of the world's major aquifers in Earth's arid and semi-arid mid-latitudes, derived from the NASA GRACE satellite mission.


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The research highlighted in the figures and tables was supported by the University of California Office of the President, Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives and by the NASA GRACE Science Team. Conversations and collaborations with M. Rodell, M-H. Lo, J. T. Reager, K. A. Voss, A. S. Richey, S. L. Castle and R. A. Matthew greatly enriched the material discussed here.

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Famiglietti, J. The global groundwater crisis. Nature Clim Change 4, 945–948 (2014).

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