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Zhao, G., Li, Y., Zhou, L., & Gao, H. (2022). Evaporative water loss of 1.42 million global lakes. Nature Communications, 13(1), 3686. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: en
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31125-6
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 2041-1723
BibTeX citation key: Zhao2022
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Categories: Hydrology
Creators: Gao, Li, Zhao, Zhou
Collection: Nature Communications
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The evaporative loss from global lakes (natural and artificial) is a critical component of the terrestrial water and energy balance. However, the evaporation volume of these water bodies{^a}??from the spatial distribution to the long-term trend{^a}??is as of yet unknown. Here, using satellite observations and modeling tools, we quantified the evaporation volume from 1.42 million global lakes from 1985 to 2018. We find that the long-term average lake evaporation is 1500{^a}??{^A}{textpm}{^a}??150{^a}??km3 year{^a}??1 and it has increased at a rate of 3.12{^a}??km3 year{^a}??1. The trend attributions include an increasing evaporation rate (58%), decreasing lake ice coverage (23%), and increasing lake surface area (19%). While only accounting for 5% of the global lake storage capacity, artificial lakes (i.e., reservoirs) contribute 16% to the evaporation volume. Our results underline the importance of using evaporation volume, rather than evaporation rate, as the primary index for assessing climatic impacts on lake systems.
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