Human domination of the global water cycle absent from depictions and perceptions

  title={Human domination of the global water cycle absent from depictions and perceptions},
  author={Benjamin W. Abbott and Kevin H. Bishop and Jay P. Zarnetske and Camille Minaudo and F. S. Iii Chapin and Stefan Krause and David M. Hannah and Lafe G. Conner and David Ellison and Sarah E. Godsey and Stephen Plont and Jean Marçais and Tamara Kolbe and Amanda Huebner and Rebecca J Frei and Tyler B. Hampton and Sen Gu and Madeline Buhman and Sayedeh Sara Sayedi and Ovidiu Ursache and Melissa C. Chapin and Kathleen D. Henderson and Gilles Pinay},
  journal={Nature Geoscience},
Human water use, climate change and land conversion have created a water crisis for billions of individuals and many ecosystems worldwide. Global water stocks and fluxes are estimated empirically and with computer models, but this information is conveyed to policymakers and researchers through water cycle diagrams. Here we compiled a synthesis of the global water cycle, which we compared with 464 water cycle diagrams from around the world. Although human freshwater appropriation now equals half… 

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