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  • This Perspective reviews the current understanding of groundwater recharge by meltwater, discusses the scales at which cryosphere–groundwater interactions are relevant, identifies key cryo-hydrogeological processes that need further study, and emphasizes the critical importance of these interactions for current and future water availability in mountain regions.

    • Marit van Tiel
    • Caroline Aubry-Wake
    • Vadim Yapiyev
    Perspective
  • This study addresses the limitations and constraints of flood adaptation. These limits could result in a growing ‘adaptation gap’ (the difference between actual and desirable flood risk), leading to unbearable risks and pushing communities in flood zones into retreat.

    • Jeroen C. J. H. Aerts
    • Paul D. Bates
    • Frans Berkhout
    Perspective
  • For millennia, permafrost landscapes have gradually grown the foundation for a capillary hydrologic system. It is now being activated by unusual warmth.

    • Anna K. Liljedahl
    • Chandi Witharana
    • Elias Manos
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  • Solar-powered hygroscopic gels adsorb moisture derived from crop transpiration and soil evaporation at night and release it back into soil under sunlight during the day via a facile device, enabling recycling of irrigation water in greenhouses.

    • Qing Li
    • Wenshuai Chen
    News & Views
  • Fieldwork isn’t just about collecting data — it’s a deeply immersive experience that connects cryosphere researchers directly to the landscapes they study. Each moment in the field, across the permafrost, snow, and glaciers, fosters a profound appreciation for the responses of these environments to the changing climate and human activities. Nature Water asked three experts about their experiences and insights into fieldwork.

    • Yanhua Chen
    Q&A
  • A considerable portion of human water usage is allocated to agriculture, yet optimizing water resources remains a persistent challenge. A promising solution lies in solar-powered technology integrated with hygroscopic porous gel, which captures water vapour from both plant transpiration and soil evaporation. This approach holds potential to enhance water utilization efficiency within greenhouses.

    • Hao Zou
    • Xinge Yang
    • Ruzhu Wang
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  • Even though approaches to artificially reduce local glacier melt have been developed, they face considerable challenges on the larger scale. To mitigate the negative effects of an imminent loss of mountain glaciers, preserving the ice by reducing greenhouse gas emissions remains the most effective solution.

    • Matthias Huss
    World View
  • Transforming waste sludge into valuable resources presents a promising solution for sludge management. The method of crafting single-atom catalysts by utilizing a range of elements in sludge illustrates its potential effectiveness in water purification.

    • Zhongxiang Wang
    • Yadong Yin
    News & Views