Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 775–791, 2020
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 775–791, 2020

Research article 27 Aug 2020

Research article | 27 Aug 2020

Climate–groundwater dynamics inferred from GRACE and the role of hydraulic memory

Simon Opie et al.

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Knowledge of the relationship between climate and groundwater is limited and typically undermined by the scale, duration and accessibility of observations. Using monthly satellite measurements newly compiled over 14 years in the tropics and sub-tropics, we show that the imprint of precipitation history on groundwater, i.e. hydraulic memory, is longer in drylands than humid environments with important implications for the understanding and management of groundwater resources under climate change.
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