New research shows that projected precipitation increases are bad news for water quality

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017
by Office of Communications

If climate change is not curbed, increased precipitation could substantially overload waterways in the United States with excess nitrogen, according to a new study published July 28 in the journal Science.

A team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, reported that climate change-induced precipitation changes will increase nitrogen pollution, especially in the Midwest and Northeast. This will, in turn, worsen eutrophication, a process by which waterways become overloaded with nutrients.

 

Read more of this research on climate change-induced precipitation changes and nitrogen pollution here.