Impact of changing climate and land use on the hydrogeology of southeast Australia
I Cartwright, I Simmonds
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008
Anthropogenic climate change is the Earth's most serious large-scale environmental concern. While the projected changes of global temperatures, rainfall and surface water have been modelled in a sophisticated manner, the impact on groundwater resources is much less well constrained. In southeast Australia, the decrease in rainfall amount and an increase in temperature that are predicted by climate models are generally assumed to reduce the amount of recharge to the groundwater systems. However, the increase in recharge that has resulted from clearing of the native vegetation will almost certainly produce a greater impact on the groundwater system, increasing quantity and potentially improvin..View full abstract
Funding for this research was provided by the Australian Research Council and Melbourne and Monash Universities. Reviews by M. Cox and D. Reynolds and comments by T. R. Weaver provided many useful suggestions.