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WATER RESOURCES

Implications of losing snowpack

Snow in the mountains provides a natural reservoir, storing water in the cold season for use later in the year. Now research demonstrates that reduced mountain snowpack due to rising temperatures makes drought harder to predict and jeopardizes irrigated agriculture throughout the world.

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Fig. 1: How snow changes seasonal water supply in rivers.

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Vano, J.A. Implications of losing snowpack. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 388–390 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0769-1

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