Water resilience and human life support - global outlook for the next half century

Author(s): Falkenmark, M.
In: International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1693983
Year: 2020
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Landscapes
Link to centre authors: Falkenmark, Malin
Full reference: Falkenmark, M. 2020. Water resilience and human life support - global outlook for the next half century. International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1693983

Summary

This article highlights green and blue water functions in the densely tied global water network, stabilizing the life support system and generating ecosystems and ecological services. Essential water challenges of the next half century are analyzed, identifying low-latitude dryland vulnerability and sharpening hydro-social water constraints. Attention is drawn to global warming, and the crucial roles of water and agriculture in stabilizing Holocene climate below a fatal warming of +2 °C or more. The article ends with a hydro-climatic, hydro-social and hydro-ecological outlook on how to principally navigate a resilient life support system stressed by climate change, population growth and increasing demands.

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