Maps and animations offer new opportunities for studying the global water cycle



The International Atomic Energy Agency/World Meteorological Organization Global Network for Isotopes in Precipitation (IAEA/WMO GNIP) data base includes more than 100,000 δ18O,δ2H, and 3H measurements performed on monthly precipitation samples collected at 550 stations worldwide. Since 1961, the data base has served as a baseline reference for the distribution of water isotopes in modern precipitation. It is widely used in the fields of isotope hydrology, climatology oceanography and paleoclimatology.