You are here: Home Environment Climate Change Groundwater Depletion Contributes to Sea Level Rise Groundwater Depletion Contributes to Sea Level Rise A new study indicates that groundwater pulled from aquifers for drinking water, irrigation, and other uses has a measurable effect on sea level rise. by Heather Carr May 10, 2012, 2:00 am 2 Comments A new study indicates that groundwater pulled from aquifers for drinking water, irrigation, and other uses has a measurable effect on sea level rise. The study published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that groundwater depletion has more than doubled in recent decades due to increased water demand. At the same time, fewer dams being built and the removal of older dams allows the groundwater to reach the ocean more quickly. The researchers estimate that by 2050, groundwater depletion will contribute 0.87 mm annually to sea level, for a total of 31 mm between 2015 and 2050. Beach photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article The Sweet Potato Project: Urban Agriculture as a Path Out of Poverty Next article Farm Bill 2012 – House Hearing on Nutrition and Specialty Crops 2 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:The Week in Water: May 26-Jun 1, 2012 Pingback:The Week in Water: May 26-Jun 1, 2012 • Nifty Homestead Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.