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

Bolch, T and Shea, JM and Liu, S and Azam, FM and Gao, Y and Gruber, S and Immerzeel, WW and Kulkarni, A and Li, H and Tahir, AA and Zhang, G and Zhang, Y (2019) Status and Change of the Cryosphere in the Extended Hindu Kush Himalaya Region. [Book Chapter]

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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. © ICIMOD, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019, First softcover printing 2019.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 04 May 2023 09:39
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 09:39
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/81406

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