Lakes, Rivers, Deltas and Groundwater

Water exists in many forms and plays a multitude of different roles in the on-going evolution of the planet. The totality of all water is known as the hydrosphere. Hydrology is the science of water.


UN: a global synopsis of groundwater science and transboundary management    (Analysis Report)

Climate change effects on groundwater resources   How does groundwater pumping affect streamflow

Recent changes in land water storage and its contribution to sea level variations

Mapping groundwater's influence on the world's oceans

Groundwater: a hidden influence on river shape

Subterranean  -  hydrogeology  -  Artesian  -  Aquifers  -   Hydrothermals


Lakes   -  USGS on lakes  -  10 largest lakes in the world    Taking stock of the world's lakes

UN global synopsis of lakes sciencs and transboundary management  (Analysis Report)

New lake surface temperature data base will help in the study of climate change

Turning climate change data into policy is no easy feat    Global warming harms lakes

After decades of clean-up attempts, world's lakes still suffer from phosphorous pollution

Human actvities trigger hypoxia in freshwaters around the globe

Subarctic lakes are drying up at a rate not seen for 200 years

Main Processes:      

Evaporation  -  Dissolution  -  Acidification    Erosion has a point and an edge     

River & Stream Systems, Catchment Basins:    

Rivers  -   more on rivers    

Rivers from space    

Tracking river flows from space

Global extent of rivers and streams 

Extreme events in running waters

Measuring protection of the world's rivers

A universal law for the 'blood of the Earth'

Global surface area of rivers and streams is 45% higher than previously thought

River CO2 emissions, effect of warming & ckimate change:  

CO2 emissions change with size of streams and rivers

Impact of warming climate doesn't always translate to streamflow

Study finds stream temperatures don't parallel warming climate trend

Study finds rivers and streams release more greenhouse gas than all lakes

A hybrid model for river water temperature as a function of air temperature and discharge        

How is the impact of climate change on river flow regimes related to the impact on mean annual runoff? A global-scale analysis

River Biodiversity & Ecology:

The water is wider

The mathematics of braided rivers

Desert streams: deceptively simple

Cracking the problem of river growth

How do healthy rivers benefit society?

Morphodynamics: rivers beyond steady state

Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity

Researchers introduce macrosystems approach to study stream ecology

River bottoms, sands, sediments, gravels & boullders:

Rivers flow differently over gravel beds

How are river flow sediment pulses generated?

River sediments, a dynamic reserve of pollutants

Boulders limit transport of sand and gravel in steep rivers

Chemical composition of suspended sediments in World Rivers: new insights from a new database

Impacts of river engineering pn river channel behavior: implications for managing downstream flood risk

River Dams, Spillways and Restortaion:

Undamming rivers

Restored streams take 25 years or longer to recover

Rivers recover natural conditions quickly following dam removal

Dams destabilize river food webs: lessons from the Grand Canyon

Sediment trapped behind dams makes them 'hot spots' for greenhouse gas emissions

Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlands

River Watersheds, Catchments and Basins:

The shape of watersheds

The physics of river prediction

UN: A global synopsis of river basin science and transboundary management   (Analysis Report)

Technical analysis of a river basin-based model of advanced power plant cooling technologies for mitigating water management challenges

Science-based tools enhance waste catchment management

River Deltas and Estuaries:

Predicting the shape of river deltas

Restoring sedimentology of river deltas

Scientists urge protection of world's deltas    

How do you reduce disaster risk in river deltas

Estuaries may face increased parasitism as sea levels rise

Sudden shifts in the course of a river on a delta may be predicted

World's large river deltas continue to degrade from human activity


North America:

NASA Finds Russian Runoff Freshening Canadian Arctic    

Canada's Great Basin   The Mackenzie River Basin (Rosenberg International Forum)

A century of hydrological variability and trends in the Fraser River Basin

Response of ice cover on shallow lakes of the North Slope of Alaska to contemporary climate conditions

Climate-driven shifts in sediment chemistry enhance methane production in northern lakes

Study corrects misconceptions of Great Lakes evaporation

NASA studies a rarity: growing Louisiana deltas    Yucutan cenotes

Modeling the Mississippi: LSU Researchers Study Methods to Use River Sediment to Repair the Coast
Underwater forest off the coast of Alabama      US River chart      Another US river chart

Colorado River: the American Nile    Colorado River delta greener after engineered pulse of water

Arizona - We pump too much groundwater, and rivers are in danger

Analysis of long-term ternds (1950-2009) in precipitation, runoff and runoff coefficient in major urban watersheds in the USA

Projected Evolution of California's San Francisco Bay-Delta-River System in a Century of Climate Change

Visualizing California's changing delta with Stanford and KQED

Latin America:

River plumes near the Equator such as the Congo and the Amazon have major effects on oceans

From drought to flooding: understanding the abrupt 2010–11 hydrological annual cycle in the Amazonas River and tributaries

CO2 emissions along the Lower Amazon River

Pre-Inca canal system uses hillsides as sponges to store water

Africa & Midlle East:

Dire and drier future for Lake Victoria

Africa: new urgency to rethink dam projects

Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa

Assessing the impacts of climate change on the River Nile

Adapting to climate-change induced water stress in the Nile Basin

The battle for water: Assessing the Nile's flow a tricky task for Egypt

Assessing land deformation and sea encroachment in the Nile Delta

Nile River may be older than previously thought

The eternal Nile is even more ancient than we thought

After it "died" once, will Dead Sea die again 


Ground Water Disappearing in China

Humans have been changing Chinese environment for 3,000 years

Quantifying the impact of the Three Gorges Dam on the thermal dynamics of the Yangtze River

Analysis of ALOS PALSAR InSAR data for mappinmg water level changes in Yellow River delta wetlands

Through flood and drought: reconstructing the Yellow River

Seasonality of the hydrological cycle in major South and Southeast Asia river basins as simulated by PCMDI/CMIP3 experiments

Integrating climate change into regional disaster risk management at the Mekong River Commission

USAID Mekong ARCC climate change impact and adaptation study

China Hydropower Dams in Mekong River Give Shocks to 60 Million

Detection of the timing and duration of snowmelt in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya

Global surveys of reservoirs and lakes from satellites and regional application to the Syrdarya river basin


Australian lake untouched by climate change   

Australia: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRACK)

Assessing change in floodplain wetland condition in the Murray Darling Basin

The origins and future of Lake Eyre and the Murray-Darling Basin 

Greens threaten to pull plug on Murray-Darling Basin plan

Response of the Lower Ord River and estuary to changes to flow and sediment and nutrient loads  

Integrated river watch system for disaster risk reduction planned

Great Artesian Basin (Australia)


Restoring Europe's Rivers website 

Room for rivers: risk reductions by enhancing the the flood conveyance capacity of Netherland's rivers  

Territorial cohesion and water management in Europe: the spatial perspective

Britain's urban rivers bounce back