Ground water depletion from 2003 to 2013 in India revealed by GRACE

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
September 28, 2015
By NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
The change in ground water levels in India as measured each month from January 2003 to June 2013. NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
Greenbelt, MD – Scientists using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) have found that the ground water beneath Northern India has been receding by as much as one foot per year over the past decade. After examining many environmental and climate factors, the team of hydrologists led by Matt Rodell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., concluded that the loss is almost entirely due to human consumption. The animation shown here depicts the change in ground water levels as measured each month from January 2003 to June 2013.

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