2019
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Status and Change of the Cryosphere in the Extended Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

  • Tobias Bolch
  • Joseph M. Shea
  • Shiyin Liu
  • Farooq M. Azam
  • Yang Gao
  • Stephan Gruber
  • et al.
  • Summary

The cryosphere is defined by the presence of frozen water in its many forms: glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, snow, permafrost, and river and lake ice. In the extended Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, including the Pamirs, Tien Shan and Alatua, the cryosphere is a key freshwater resource, playing a vital and significant role in local and regional hydrology and ecology. Industry, agriculture, and hydroelectric power generation rely on timely and sufficient delivery of water in major river systems; changes in the cryospheric system may thus pose challenges for disaster risk reduction in the extended HKH region.

  • Language:
    English
  • Published Year:
    2019

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