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September 2010

September 2010

Global groundwater depletion leads to sea level rise

A collaboration between IGRAC and the Utrecht University lead to a joint article which is presently in press in Geophysical Research Letters. The article made the front page in the Dutch Journals! Yoshihida Wada and Rens van Beek used IGRAC's GGIS to research the effect of groundwater depletion on sea level rise, with remarkable results: Large-scale abstraction of groundwater for irrigation of crops leads to a sea level rise of 0.8 mm per year, which is about one fourth of the current rate of sea level rise of 3.3 mm per year.