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The cause of decreased pan evaporation over the last 50 years

Roderick, Michael; Farquhar, Graham


Changes in the global water cycle can cause major environmental and socioeconomic impacts. As the average global temperature increases, it is generally expected that the air will become drier and that evaporation from terrestrial water bodies will increase. Paradoxically, terrestrial observations over the past 50 years show the reverse. Here, we show that the decrease in evaporation is consistent with what one would expect from the observed large and widespread decreases in sunlight resulting...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1075390


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