Air pollution may lead to an increase in river flow, according to a recent study.
British researchers found that air pollution has had a significant impact on the amount of water flowing through many rivers in the northern hemisphere. They also show how such pollution, known as aerosols, can have an impact on the natural environment and highlight the importance of considering these factors in assessments of future climate change.
Researchers found that solar dimming increased river flows relative to that expected from surface meteorology, as the reduced amount of sunlight affected the rate of evaporation from Earth’s surface. When the dimming began to reverse, reductions in river flows were observed.
Contributed By Sonia Narula