Glacier Systems and Seasonal Snow Cover in Six Major Asian River Basins : Hydrological Role Under Changing Climate (2013)

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The hydrological roles of glaciers and seasonal snow in the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Amu Darya, Syr Darya and Mekong basins are, for the first time, assessed comprehensively at a major river basin scale in this paper. Contribution of glacier runoff, subdivided into renewable and nonrenewable components, and seasonal snowmelt to mean annual flow is evaluated for two time slices: 1961-1990 and 2001-2010. The recent changes of the hydrological roles of glaciers and snow, and the most likely changes of those under future climate change are analyzed.
Language: English
Imprint: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Colombo, Sri Lanka 2013
Pages: 57 p.
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