Status and change of the cryosphere in the Extended Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

Tobias Bolch, Joseph Michael Shea, Shiyin Liu, Farooq Mohd Azam, Yang Gao, Stephan Gruber, Walter Immerzeel, Anil Kulkarni, Huilin Li, Adnan Tahir, Guoqing Zhang, Yinsheng Zhang, Argha Bannerjee, Etienne Berthier, Fanny Brun, Andreas Kääb, Phillip Kraaijenbrink, Geir Moholdt, Lindsey Nicholson, Nick PepinAdina Racoviteanu

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment
    Subtitle of host publication Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People
    EditorsP. Wester, A. Mishra, A. Mukherji, A. B. Shrestha
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter7
    Pages209-255
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-92288-1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-92287-4, 978-3-319-95051-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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