Thursday random links


  1. “Google considers its water use a proprietary trade secret and bars even public officials from disclosing the company’s consumption. But information has leaked out, sometimes through legal battles with local utilities and conservation groups. In 2019 alone, Google requested, or was granted, more than 2.3 billion gallons of water for data centers in three different states, according to public records posted online and legal filings.”. This article in Bloomberg. Highly recommended reading.
  2. NASA and University of Nebraska global groundwater maps and US drought forecasts. Latest and greatest from the GRACE satellite data. Scroll to the video at the bottom for a good explainer.
  3. On modelers and modeling. Lieke Melson of Wageningen University shares her thoughts on hydrological modeling as she begins research into scientists’ use of models. Accompanying survey study published in CATENA here.