(ORDO NEWS) — Global warming in 2022 led to changes in the world hydrological cycle (water cycle in nature), which resulted in the prevalence of above-average temperatures in the waters of the western Pacific and the northern and eastern regions of the Indian Ocean, which provoked floods in Pakistan and Australia, and also drought in the Americas.
“It’s safe to say that heat waves and sudden droughts will become more frequent,” said Albert van Dijk, one of the authors of the report.
He emphasized that changes in the hydrological cycle are of a global nature, therefore, for example, the melting of glaciers in permafrost regions has an impact on the situation in South Asia.
The study was conducted using data from thousands of water measuring posts around the world, as well as satellites.
Experts will continue to track changes in the hydrological cycle in 2023, predicting increased droughts in the Americas, Asia and the Horn of Africa.
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