Surface Water Shifting Around The Earth
(Click to enlarge) Earth- the water planet (Credit: planet-earth.ca / Flickr)
Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth’s surface has changed over 30 years. They found that 115,000 sq km (44,000 sq miles) of land is now covered in water and 173,000 sq km (67,000 sq miles) of water has now become land. The largest increase in water has been on the Tibetan Plateau, while the Aral Sea has been the biggest conversion of water to land. The team said many coastal areas have also changed significantly.
(From BBC / by Rebecca Morelle)– The research, carried out by the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands, is published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The researchers analysed satellite images recorded by Nasa’s Landsat satellites, which have observed the Earth for decades. They were able to monitor changes in the Earth’s surface down to a resolution of 30m, which can be seen on the Deltares Aqua Monitor. Read the full story »