Keywords: hydrology, deforestation, urbanisation, desertification, climate change, land management, water cycle, evapotranspiration, integrative climate paradigm, rainwater conservation, re-vegetation
Water for an integrative climate paradigm
By the logic of the New Water Paradigm (NWP), it is deforestation, industrial agriculture, and urbanisation that determine climate by draining land, so that more solar energy re-enters the atmosphere as sensible heat, rather than latent heat of evaporation. Human-made 'hot plates' lead to irregular precipitation and other climate destabilisation effects, but these can be mitigated through rainwater conservation and re-vegetation. This integrative paradigm combines the management of climate, water, biodiversity, and land, with implications for agriculture, forestry, engineering, urban design and regional planning.