2008, Oceanography 21(1):12–19, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.63
Raymond W. Schmitt | Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA
Climate change is in the news frequently these days, and better-informed commentators note that changes in the water cycle pose the greatest challenge to society. We may be able to deal with an increase in temperature with a bit more air conditioning, but significant intensification in droughts and floods will be a more severe test. Civilization thrives at a range of temperatures at different latitudes, but it cannot cope without water. Thus, a number of national and international programs have been organized to assess and understand the "global water cycle."
Schmitt, R.W. 2008. Salinity and the global water cycle. Oceanography 21(1):12–19, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.63.