Climate Change Effects on the Hydrologic Cycle


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How does climate change affect the hydrologic cycle?

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1. Why does increased evaporation lead to flooding?

2. How does climate change lead to increased intensity of hurricanes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Earth's hydrologic cycle is being impacted by climate change. Test what you know about this subject with quiz questions on key topics like the way climate change is altering the hydrologic cycle and why increased evaporation leads to flooding.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be responsible for these areas of study:

  • Reason for the increased intensity of hurricanes due to climate change
  • The way snow melt is a cause of both droughts and floods
  • How droughts are caused by climate change

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about climate change and the hydrologic cycle
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way climate change makes hurricanes more intense
  • Making connections - use your understanding of droughts and floods and how they're caused by snow melt

Additional Learning

For more on climate change, you can read the lesson entitled Climate Change Effects on the Hydrologic Cycle. You'll be exploring the following concepts as you go along:

  • Explanation of climate change and its effects on Earth
  • The process of the hydrologic cycle
  • Water loss from plants known as transpiration and the problems it causes