Will There Be Enough Water?

  • Esko KuusistoEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNESS, volume 137)


The hydrological cycle is by far the largest material cycle of the Earth. The intensity of this cycle varies considerably as a function of time and space. Its annual volume has been fairly constant, but climate change is going to enhance the cycle, at the same time redistributing the temporal and spatial variability. This may have tremendous consequences both for nature and mankind. The majority of global climate models suggest, unfortunately, that many areas with scarce water resources will get drier in the future. On the other hand, in high latitudes where there already is plenty of water, more abundant water resources may be anticipated.


Water Resource Water Consumption Water Transfer Virtual Water Desalination Plant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Finnish Environmental InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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