Bob Sandford, ACT’s water policy adviser and also co-author of our latest book, has a new book of his own.
“Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World” highlights what the effects of climate change will be on water systems.
The book is featured in a new article from The Georgia Straight:
Written by Alberta-based water expert Robert William Sandford, Storm Warning points out how climate change is transforming hydrological cycles. A warmer atmosphere carries more water vapour, increasing the likelihood of more intense storms.
In the book, Sandford also highlights how scientists are learning more about massive “atmospheric rivers” that dump enormous amounts of rain.
These “corridors of intense winds and moist air” can be thousands of kilometres in length and extend for 400 to 500 kilometres across.
According to Sandford, atmospheric rivers may “carry the equivalent of 10 times the daily discharge of the St. Lawrence River”.
“We have discovered recently that atmospheric rivers derive their energy from the temperature gradient between the poles and the tropics,” Sandford writes. “Their intensity also derives from the Clausius-Clapeyron relation in that the warmer the air, the more water atmospheric rivers can carry.”