The status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region

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Statementeditors, Samjwal Ratna Bajrachary, Basanta Shrestha
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Pagination127 p.
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The glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The data analyses are presented in terms of the major river basins: Amu Darya, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Irrawaddy, Mekong, Salween, Tarim, Yangtze, and Yellow, and the large Himalayan interior basin.

These basins extend across the seven Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries of Afghanistan. The cryosphere plays a significant role in the regional climatic system and is a sensitive indicator of global climate change, but to date there has been a marked lack of consistent, long-term information on glaciers and snow cover in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region to support assessments and analysis.

This publication offers the first consistent and comprehensive account of the glacier. The status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. Source(s): International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) This report represents a first step in filling the gap in information on the glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

The data are expected to support regional level assessments and the development of. In contrary to general glacier retreat in this vast Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region, some of the glaciers are advancing in the Karakorum (Hewitt, ).

To understand the climate change impacts on glaciers, it is crucial to update the glacier status. The bigger concern in the HKH region, however, is the lack of long-term information on glaciers at the regional level for any kind of credible Author: S. Bajracharya, S.

Maharjan, F. Shrestha, B. Shrestha, G. Wanqin, L. Shiyin, Y. Xiaojun, G. Data and information on the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region are sparse and often contradictory.

They lack consistency, multi-temporal recording, field-validation, and peer review, and there is a particular lack of data for the higher elevation glaciers. This Technical Paper was originally prepared by Dr Richard L Armstrong as part of a larger USAID report.

Status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The comprehensive baseline information on the glaciers of the entire Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region have been organized by major basins and sub-basins. The application showcases glacier data of HKH region as interactive maps. Data.

The Glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region 2 NOTE Data and information on the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region are sparse and often contradictory. They lack consistency, multi-temporal recording, field-validation, and peer review, and there is a particular lack of data for the higher elevation glaciers.

This study by ICIMOD provides a comprehensive account of the number and status of glaciers across the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The HKH region is one of the most dynamic, fragile, and complex mountain systems in the world as a result of tectonic activity and the rich diversity of climates, hydrology, and ecology.

Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region's water supply are unclear, this report finds.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is the location of several of Asia's great river systems, which provide water The status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region book drinking, irrigation, and. The ICIMOD-led, 3-year Sweden-funded study titled, “The Status of Glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region,” found more t glaciers in the region.

Book: The status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region + pp. Abstract: The cryosphere plays a significant role in the regional climatic system and is a sensitive indicator of global climate change climate change Subject Category: Climate Related.

Bajracharya, S. R., and Shrestha, B. R.,The Status of Glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

has. This publication presents a comprehensive account of the number and status of glaciers across the whole region, organized by major basins and sub-basins. This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.

It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people’s well-being. The Hindu Kush Himalayan region and 10 major river basins.

b Projected population for procured from Statistical Year Book of Bhutan, The status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. Kathmandu: ICIMOD. Google Scholar. And the Hindu Kush Himalaya region is the hotspot for climate change. In fact, we've already started to witness the affects of climate change.

Glaciers are melting all across the region. The Status of Glaciers in the Hindu Kush– Himalayan Region Edited by Samjal Ratna Bajracharya and Basanta Shrestha. Kathmandu, Nepal: International.

The Himalayan Hindu Kush region has the biggest reserves of water in the form of ice and snow outside the polar regions. (File) Recent data shows that significant areas of glaciers in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are retreating at an alarming rate, according to `Retreating Glaciers and Water Flows in the Himalayas: Implications for Governance,” a study published recently by the Observer.

The number of glaciers in the Himalayan area has increased in the last five decades and this is an indicator of how severe glacier melting has been due to global warming, says the first-ever assessment of climate change impacts on the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.

This assessment, done by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a regional intergovernmental. Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region's water supply are unclear, this report finds.

There are over 5, glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region, which is the site of Mount Everest and other tall peaks. According to the study, the volume of several glaciers may reduce by 70 per cent to 99 per cent bywhich will have dire consequences on farming and hydroelectricity generation.

Hindu Kush Himalayan region News and Updates from The Benchmarks. Ni NSE Gainer-Large Cap. ONGC FEATURED FUNDS. The Hindu Kush (Dari, Pashto: هندوکش / k ʊ ʃ, k uː ʃ /; commonly understood to mean Killer of the Hindus, Killer of the Indians, or Hindu-Killer in Persian) is an kilometre-long ( mi) mountain range that stretches through Afghanistan, from its centre to Northern Pakistan and into range forms the western section of the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (HKH) and is the.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is the source of ten large Asian river systems which provide water to bn people; however, its mountains are highly sensitive to climate change There are >50, glaciers in the region but there are only ~10 glaciers with a monitoring record of >5 years; data gaps need to be plugged to understand likely.

"Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region's water supply are unclear, this report finds.

Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region's water supply are unclear, this report finds.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is the location of several of Asia's great river systems, which provide water for drinking, irrigation, and other uses for about billion people.

As per the report even if the goal of Paris Climate agreement limiting the global warming to degree Celsius by the end of was met, it will no less act as a saviour for the one-third glacier of the region. And if the global temperature goes beyond degree Celsius or 2-degree Celsius it will most likely melt two-thirds of the glaciers.

Earlier in May, a group of international researchers had warned that the estimated 5, glaciers in the Hindu Kush— Himalayan (HKH) region — site of many of the world’s tallest peaks. Hindu Kush, great mountain system of Central Asia that stretches some miles ( km) in length and as much as miles ( km) in width.

Geologically, it resembles its neighbor the Karakoram Range. The fragmented topography has fostered a diverse population of various ethnic groups and religions. The big issue today in the Hindu Kush-Himalayans is shrinking glaciers and what that will mean for the region's water supply.

Many of Asia's great rivers are born in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan including the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra. The region supplies water for drinking, irrigation, and other uses for about billion people. Description.

Digital polygon data of Status of Glaciers in Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region during ± 3 () years. This dataset is created using Landsat ETM+ imageries of respective years. Glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are projected to shrink by one-third by the end of the century even if average global temperature rise is held to within degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Age levels, according to the authors of a new comprehensive report, The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment.

National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Population.; National Research Council (U.S.). Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.] -- "Scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia's Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, but the consequences for the region's water supply are unclear, this report finds.

A study, by Dr Anjal Prakash and commissioned by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), published in Septemberhas found that the retreat of glaciers in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region is now affecting the surface water and groundwater availability in the region, thereby adversely affecting springs which are a lifeline for the population in hill [ ].

The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is one of the most vibrant, distinct, intricate mountain systems in the world. An estimated million people live within these mountain systems, and some billion people who live downstream of the HKH rely on the freshwater obtained directly or indirectly from the rivers and tributaries of the region.

Bearing the brunt of global warming and climate change, the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, an area covering high mountain ranges of central, south. [2] ICIMOD The status of glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and Snow-Cover Mapping and Monitoring in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (November ) a [3] Jacob, T, et al.

Recent contributions of glaciers and ice caps to sea level rise, Nature, doi: /nature () [4] Kääb, A, et al.

The goal of this project is to use computer vision to automatically segment debris and ice glaciers from satellite images. Requirements are specified in The full package sources is available in the glacier_mapping directory.

Raw training data are Landsat 7 tiff images from the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan region. Hindu Kush Himalyan region. (Source: Google Maps) Shifts in rain and snow patterns due to climate change may have a greater impact on the water supply of about billion people in Hindu Kush Himalayan region than retreating glaciers, according to a new report.

Bearing the brunt of global warming, Hindu Kush Himalayan region, an area covering high mountains chains of central, south and inner Asia, faces the risk of losing over 60 per cent of its glaciers bya global climate report said on Wednesday. "Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier.

In the next years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. particularly in the Hindu Kush Himalayan. About 30% of the world's total glaciated mountain area is in the HKH region.

Estimates of glacier area vary considerably; one estimate suggests the glacier area in the HKH region iskm 2 (WGMScited in NAS, ). A study conducted by ICIMOD inventor glaciers in the HKH cover km 2 (Bajracharya and Shrestha, ).Why the Melting of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan Glaciers Matters The entire region is headed for an immense climate crisis byscientists warn.

By Nishtha Chugh for The Diplomat.

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