Water security threats poorly understood

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Water security threats poorly understood


Current information on how the communities which depend on water from mountain snow and ice will be affected by climate change is limited, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability.

Water security in mountain regions relies on a broader understanding of the complex interlinks of water supply and demand that goes far beyond the study of glacier melt.

But the new study suggests this lack of integrated water security knowledge is due to poor understanding of what happens “beyond the cryosphere” – that is the contribution from water sources other than frozen water such as hillslopes, wetlands, and groundwater.

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