Decline in Global Lake Water Storage
- The study is aimed at finding statistically significant storage declines for 53 per cent of these water bodies over the period 1992–2020.
- More than half of the world's largest lakes and reservoirs are drying up.
- Climate change and human activities are endangering lakes, which hold 87 per cent of the world's liquid surface fresh water.
- The findings suggest that 53 per cent of lakes and reservoirs saw a decline in water storage, at a rate of approximately 22 gigatonnes a year.
- During the entire study period, 603 cubic kilometres of water were lost.
- It is 17 times the amount of water in Lake Mead.
- Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States.