A water cycle for the Anthropocene

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A water cycle for the Anthropocene. / Abbott, Benjamin W.; Bishop, Kevin; Zarnetske, Jay P.; Hannah, David M.; Frei, Rebecca J.; Minaudo, Camille; F.S. Chapin, III; Krause, Stefan; Conner, Lafe; Ellison, David; Godsey, Sarah E.; Plont, Stephen; Marçais, Jean; Kolbe, Tamara; Huebner, Amanda; Hampton, Tyler; Gu, Sen; Buhman, Madeline; Sayedi, Sayedeh Sara; Ursache, Ovidiu; Chapin, Melissa; Henderson, Kathryn D.; Pinay, Gilles.

In: Hydrological Processes, Vol. 33, No. 23, 11.2019, p. 3046-3052.

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Abbott, BW, Bishop, K, Zarnetske, JP, Hannah, DM, Frei, RJ, Minaudo, C, F.S. Chapin, III, Krause, S, Conner, L, Ellison, D, Godsey, SE, Plont, S, Marçais, J, Kolbe, T, Huebner, A, Hampton, T, Gu, S, Buhman, M, Sayedi, SS, Ursache, O, Chapin, M, Henderson, KD & Pinay, G 2019, 'A water cycle for the Anthropocene', Hydrological Processes, vol. 33, no. 23, pp. 3046-3052. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13544

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Abbott, B. W., Bishop, K., Zarnetske, J. P., Hannah, D. M., Frei, R. J., Minaudo, C., F.S. Chapin, III., Krause, S., Conner, L., Ellison, D., Godsey, S. E., Plont, S., Marçais, J., Kolbe, T., Huebner, A., Hampton, T., Gu, S., Buhman, M., Sayedi, S. S., ... Pinay, G. (2019). A water cycle for the Anthropocene. Hydrological Processes, 33(23), 3046-3052. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13544

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Abbott BW, Bishop K, Zarnetske JP, Hannah DM, Frei RJ, Minaudo C et al. A water cycle for the Anthropocene. Hydrological Processes. 2019 Nov;33(23):3046-3052. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13544

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Abbott, Benjamin W. ; Bishop, Kevin ; Zarnetske, Jay P. ; Hannah, David M. ; Frei, Rebecca J. ; Minaudo, Camille ; F.S. Chapin, III ; Krause, Stefan ; Conner, Lafe ; Ellison, David ; Godsey, Sarah E. ; Plont, Stephen ; Marçais, Jean ; Kolbe, Tamara ; Huebner, Amanda ; Hampton, Tyler ; Gu, Sen ; Buhman, Madeline ; Sayedi, Sayedeh Sara ; Ursache, Ovidiu ; Chapin, Melissa ; Henderson, Kathryn D. ; Pinay, Gilles. / A water cycle for the Anthropocene. In: Hydrological Processes. 2019 ; Vol. 33, No. 23. pp. 3046-3052.

Bibtex

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title = "A water cycle for the Anthropocene",
abstract = "Humour us for a minute and do an online image search of the water cycle. How many diagrams do you have to scroll through before seeing any sign of humans? What about water pollution or climate change—two of the main drivers of the global water crisis? In a recent analysis of more than 450 water cycle diagrams, we found that 85% showed no human interaction with the water cycle and 98% omitted any sign of climate change or water pollution (Abbott et al., 2019). Additionally, 92% of diagrams depicted verdant, temperate ecosystems with abundant freshwater, and 95% showed only a single river basin. It did not matter if the diagrams came from textbooks, scientific articles, or the internet, nor if they were old or new; most showed an undisturbed water cycle, free from human interference. These depictions contrast starkly with the state of the water cycle in the Anthropocene, when land conversion, human water use, and climate change affect nearly every water pool and flux (Falkenmark, Wang‐Erlandsson, & Rockstr{\"o}m, 2019; Wine & Davison, 2019; Wurtsbaugh et al., 2017). The dimensions and scale of human interference with water are manifest in failing fossil aquifers in the world's great agricultural regions (Famiglietti, 2014), accelerating ice discharge from the Arctic (Box et al., 2018), and instability in atmospheric rivers that support continental rainfall (Paul et al., 2016). We believe that incorrect water cycle diagrams are a symptom of a much deeper and widespread problem about how humanity relates to water on Earth. Society does not understand how the water cycle works nor how humans fit into it (Abbott et al., 2019; Attari, 2014; Linton, 2014). In response to this crisis of understanding, we call on researchers, educators, journalists, lawyers, and policy makers to change how we conceptualize and present the global water cycle. Specifically, we must teach where water comes from, what determines its availability, and how many individuals and ecosystems are in crisis because of water mismanagement, climate change, and land conversion. Because the drivers of the global water crisis are truly global, ensuring adequate water for humans and ecosystems will require coordinated efforts that extend beyond geopolitical borders and outlast the tenure of individual administrations (Adler, 2019; Keys, Wang‐Erlandsson, Gordon, Galaz, & Ebbesson, 2017). This level of coordination and holistic thinking requires widespread understanding of the water cycle and the global water crisis. Making the causes and consequences of the water crisis visible in our diagrams is a tractable and important step towards the goal of a sustainable relationship with water that includes ecosystems and society.",
author = "Abbott, {Benjamin W.} and Kevin Bishop and Zarnetske, {Jay P.} and Hannah, {David M.} and Frei, {Rebecca J.} and Camille Minaudo and {F.S. Chapin}, III and Stefan Krause and Lafe Conner and David Ellison and Godsey, {Sarah E.} and Stephen Plont and Jean Mar{\c c}ais and Tamara Kolbe and Amanda Huebner and Tyler Hampton and Sen Gu and Madeline Buhman and Sayedi, {Sayedeh Sara} and Ovidiu Ursache and Melissa Chapin and Henderson, {Kathryn D.} and Gilles Pinay",
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T1 - A water cycle for the Anthropocene

AU - Abbott, Benjamin W.

AU - Bishop, Kevin

AU - Zarnetske, Jay P.

AU - Hannah, David M.

AU - Frei, Rebecca J.

AU - Minaudo, Camille

AU - F.S. Chapin, III

AU - Krause, Stefan

AU - Conner, Lafe

AU - Ellison, David

AU - Godsey, Sarah E.

AU - Plont, Stephen

AU - Marçais, Jean

AU - Kolbe, Tamara

AU - Huebner, Amanda

AU - Hampton, Tyler

AU - Gu, Sen

AU - Buhman, Madeline

AU - Sayedi, Sayedeh Sara

AU - Ursache, Ovidiu

AU - Chapin, Melissa

AU - Henderson, Kathryn D.

AU - Pinay, Gilles

PY - 2019/11

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N2 - Humour us for a minute and do an online image search of the water cycle. How many diagrams do you have to scroll through before seeing any sign of humans? What about water pollution or climate change—two of the main drivers of the global water crisis? In a recent analysis of more than 450 water cycle diagrams, we found that 85% showed no human interaction with the water cycle and 98% omitted any sign of climate change or water pollution (Abbott et al., 2019). Additionally, 92% of diagrams depicted verdant, temperate ecosystems with abundant freshwater, and 95% showed only a single river basin. It did not matter if the diagrams came from textbooks, scientific articles, or the internet, nor if they were old or new; most showed an undisturbed water cycle, free from human interference. These depictions contrast starkly with the state of the water cycle in the Anthropocene, when land conversion, human water use, and climate change affect nearly every water pool and flux (Falkenmark, Wang‐Erlandsson, & Rockström, 2019; Wine & Davison, 2019; Wurtsbaugh et al., 2017). The dimensions and scale of human interference with water are manifest in failing fossil aquifers in the world's great agricultural regions (Famiglietti, 2014), accelerating ice discharge from the Arctic (Box et al., 2018), and instability in atmospheric rivers that support continental rainfall (Paul et al., 2016). We believe that incorrect water cycle diagrams are a symptom of a much deeper and widespread problem about how humanity relates to water on Earth. Society does not understand how the water cycle works nor how humans fit into it (Abbott et al., 2019; Attari, 2014; Linton, 2014). In response to this crisis of understanding, we call on researchers, educators, journalists, lawyers, and policy makers to change how we conceptualize and present the global water cycle. Specifically, we must teach where water comes from, what determines its availability, and how many individuals and ecosystems are in crisis because of water mismanagement, climate change, and land conversion. Because the drivers of the global water crisis are truly global, ensuring adequate water for humans and ecosystems will require coordinated efforts that extend beyond geopolitical borders and outlast the tenure of individual administrations (Adler, 2019; Keys, Wang‐Erlandsson, Gordon, Galaz, & Ebbesson, 2017). This level of coordination and holistic thinking requires widespread understanding of the water cycle and the global water crisis. Making the causes and consequences of the water crisis visible in our diagrams is a tractable and important step towards the goal of a sustainable relationship with water that includes ecosystems and society.

AB - Humour us for a minute and do an online image search of the water cycle. How many diagrams do you have to scroll through before seeing any sign of humans? What about water pollution or climate change—two of the main drivers of the global water crisis? In a recent analysis of more than 450 water cycle diagrams, we found that 85% showed no human interaction with the water cycle and 98% omitted any sign of climate change or water pollution (Abbott et al., 2019). Additionally, 92% of diagrams depicted verdant, temperate ecosystems with abundant freshwater, and 95% showed only a single river basin. It did not matter if the diagrams came from textbooks, scientific articles, or the internet, nor if they were old or new; most showed an undisturbed water cycle, free from human interference. These depictions contrast starkly with the state of the water cycle in the Anthropocene, when land conversion, human water use, and climate change affect nearly every water pool and flux (Falkenmark, Wang‐Erlandsson, & Rockström, 2019; Wine & Davison, 2019; Wurtsbaugh et al., 2017). The dimensions and scale of human interference with water are manifest in failing fossil aquifers in the world's great agricultural regions (Famiglietti, 2014), accelerating ice discharge from the Arctic (Box et al., 2018), and instability in atmospheric rivers that support continental rainfall (Paul et al., 2016). We believe that incorrect water cycle diagrams are a symptom of a much deeper and widespread problem about how humanity relates to water on Earth. Society does not understand how the water cycle works nor how humans fit into it (Abbott et al., 2019; Attari, 2014; Linton, 2014). In response to this crisis of understanding, we call on researchers, educators, journalists, lawyers, and policy makers to change how we conceptualize and present the global water cycle. Specifically, we must teach where water comes from, what determines its availability, and how many individuals and ecosystems are in crisis because of water mismanagement, climate change, and land conversion. Because the drivers of the global water crisis are truly global, ensuring adequate water for humans and ecosystems will require coordinated efforts that extend beyond geopolitical borders and outlast the tenure of individual administrations (Adler, 2019; Keys, Wang‐Erlandsson, Gordon, Galaz, & Ebbesson, 2017). This level of coordination and holistic thinking requires widespread understanding of the water cycle and the global water crisis. Making the causes and consequences of the water crisis visible in our diagrams is a tractable and important step towards the goal of a sustainable relationship with water that includes ecosystems and society.

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