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2023 Global Water Monitor Report

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Recent News
Highlights
Precipitation
Close to average
No clear trend towards extremes
Average Temperature
Highest recorded globally
In 77 countries
Record-warm months frequency highest
Relative Air Humidity
Second lowest on record
Trend towards drier conditions
Soil Water Conditions
High annual conditions in many regions
Vegetation Vigour
Highest since 2001
Steady increase over decades
Surface Water Occurrence
Second lowest in two decades
Increasing record high occurrences
River Flows
Slightly lower than previous year
Record high flows more common
Record low flows less common
Lake Volumes
Increasing over decades
High storage records often broken
Terrestrial Water Storage
Many dry and wet records broken
When
Publication Date
January 11, 2024
Why
Purpose
Monitor climate and water resources
Interpret important hydrological events
What
Contents
Rainfall
Air temperature
Humidity
Soil and groundwater conditions
Vegetation access to water
River flows
Flooding
Lake volumes
Trends in water cycle
Hydrological events interpretation
Where
Global Scope
Report covers worldwide data
Who
Authors
Albert Van Dijk
Hylke Beck
Eva Boergens et al.
Organizations
Global Water Monitor
How
Methodology
Data collection on climate and water
Positive Impacts
Provides comprehensive global water data
Aids in understanding climate impacts
Supports policy-making and resource management
Potential Issues
Increasing extreme weather events
Challenges in managing water resources
Way Forward
Recommendations
Need for strong international mechanisms
Equitable and sustainable water management
Partnerships across governments, businesses, scientists, civil society
Inclusion of indigenous communities
Accelerated action to prevent water crisis

The 2023 Global Water Monitor Report provides a comprehensive analysis of global water resources, focusing on climate and water data such as rainfall, air temperature, humidity, soil and groundwater conditions, vegetation access to water, river flows, flooding, and lake volumes. The report highlights the highest recorded average global temperature, the trend towards drier conditions, and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events. It underscores the necessity for strong international mechanisms, equitable and sustainable water management, and the importance of partnerships across various sectors, including governments, businesses, scientists, civil society, and indigenous communities, to prevent a global water crisis. The report is a crucial tool for understanding the impacts of climate change on water resources and for aiding policy-making and resource management.

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