Ocean salinities reveal strong global water cycle intensification during 1950 to 2000.

@article{Durack2012OceanSR,
  title={Ocean salinities reveal strong global water cycle intensification during 1950 to 2000.},
  author={Paul J. Durack and Susan E. Wijffels and Richard J. Matear},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={336 6080},
  pages={
          455-8
        }
}
Fundamental thermodynamics and climate models suggest that dry regions will become drier and wet regions will become wetter in response to warming. Efforts to detect this long-term response in sparse surface observations of rainfall and evaporation remain ambiguous. We show that ocean salinity patterns express an identifiable fingerprint of an intensifying water cycle. Our 50-year observed global surface salinity changes, combined with changes from global climate models, present robust evidence… CONTINUE READING

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