More than half of world's fresh water supply warming rapidly
NSF-funded study finds world's lakes are warming on average 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit each decade
November 7, 2017
More than half of the world's fresh water supply is warming rapidly, according to an NSF- and NASA-funded study.
Using satellite data and ground measurements collected from 235 lakes on six continents over a period of 25 years, scientists determined the world's lakes are warming on average 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit each decade, with potential impacts ranging from drinking water to crop production.
Toxic algal blooms are also projected to increase by 5 percent and methane emissions by 4 percent over the next decade. Some species face possible extinction, as the rapid temperature increase disrupts aquatic ecosystems.
Directorate for Biological Sciences