Although many hydrogeologists and water resources managers consider groundwater resources and availability for a designated study area, aquifer or region, rarely is there a body of work that considers the spatial distribution and availability of groundwater on an international, continental and global scale. An assessment of the presence and potential value of groundwater stores at a large scale is essential to strategic water resource managers, planners and policy-makers working on the inter-regional and international trans-boundary scale. Furthermore, an understanding of groundwater on a continental and global scale has an important role in the management of population increase and associated increasing...

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