Quantcast

Latest Hydraulic engineering Stories

Groundwater Pumping Leads To Sea Level Rise
2012-05-09 07:44:38

As people pump groundwater for irrigation, drinking water, and industrial uses, the water doesn´t just seep back into the ground – it also evaporates into the atmosphere, or runs off into rivers and canals, eventually emptying into the world´s oceans. This water adds up, and a new study calculates that by 2050, groundwater pumping will cause a global sea level rise of about 0.8 millimeters per year. “Other than ice on land, the excessive groundwater extractions are...

2012-05-02 09:49:47

There is potential to store large volumes of Australia´s precious fresh water underground, to offset climate change, avoid evaporation losses and meet national water needs into the future, leading water scientists say. Following a major national scientific workshop in Canberra last week, researchers in the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) say that managed aquifer recharge — the injection or infiltration of excess surface water into underground...

100 Times More Groundwater In Africa Than Surface Water
2012-04-21 05:01:01

Researchers say they have created the most detailed map yet of groundwater across the entire continent of Africa. A group from the U.K. said they believe there is about 100 times the volume of water underground than there is on the surface of Africa. The team wrote in the journal Environmental Research Letters that they hope their map can improve access to water in Africa, where 300 million people are said to not have access to safe drinking water. Helen Bonsor, one of the authors of...

Image 1 - Managing Our Water Resources From Space
2012-03-23 03:43:37

Today is World Water Day, and satellite observations are indispensible for monitoring our water resources. ESA´s TIGER initiative is supporting Africa in monitoring precious water assets by exploiting satellite information. The demand for water is growing inexorably. Access to water is vital — not only for drinking, but also for agriculture, energy and sanitation. In certain regions of the world, water scarcity is caused by population growth, climate conditions and increasing...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
Related