Caspian Sea level decreases
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 12
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The level of water in the Caspian Sea decreased by 19 centimeters on average in the first half of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.
Iran's national research center of the Caspian Sea, said the decrease was a result of fall in input from rivers, especially from the Volga River, Mehr news agency reported Oct. 12.
The report has been prepared based on data released by the Coordinating Committee on Hydrometeorology and Pollution Monitoring of the Caspian Sea (CASPCOM). Based on the report, Volga and Ural rivers account for 85 percent of input to the Caspian Sea.
During the first half of 2015, the Volga River's input was 103.6 cubic kilometers, compared to 140 cubic kilometers in the first half of 2014.
Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan are members of CASPCOM. Initially the main reason for CASPCOM establishment was the need for cooperation in the field of environment monitoring to deal with negative consequences of rapid sea level rise in 1980-1990, which led to flooding coastal territories. However, since 1995 the sea level has changed marginally.