New York Times: Groundwater depletion is detected from space

June 1, 2011 | EPA

A May 30 New York Times article reads, in part:

Scientists have been using small variations in the Earth’s gravity to identify trouble spots around the globe where people are making unsustainable demands on groundwater, one of the planet’s main sources of fresh water…

[An experiment] relies on the interplay of two nine-year-old twin satellites that monitor each other while orbiting the Earth, thereby producing some of the most precise data ever on the planet’s gravitational variations. The results are redefining the field of hydrology, which itself has grown more critical as climate change and population growth draw down the world’s fresh water supplies…

Yet even as the data signals looming shortages, policy makers have been relatively wary of embracing the findings.

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