Report on himalayan glaciology
Glaciologists are arguing on the speed at which the Himalayan glaciers are reteating. Doubts have been raised on the IPCC Report. Read this report on Himalayan glaciology by Syed Hasnain which is leading to the controversy.
Glacier research conducted during the last quarter of 20th century in the Himalaya Karakoram mountains is briefly reviewed. Work on glacier inventories, mass balance, supraglaeial debris, glacier hydrology, glacial melt water ehemistry, ice core and glacier variations are done mainly in Nepal, India, China and Pakistan through local Government funded programmes and International collaborative projects. Glacier mass balance in the Nepal Himalaya, middle China Himalaya, eastern and central Indian Himalaya are characterized by accumulation in summer monsoon season. Majority of glaeiers in the Himalaya-Karakoram system both on north and south slopes are debris eovered and this controls the melting, soJute aequisition and sediment transfer processes. Annual variations of runoff from glacierized basins are of eonsiderable importanee in developing the water resources of the region. Ongoing shrinkage of glaciers eaused by global warming may lead to a decrease in water resourees and to an inerease in hazards from glacier lake outbursts. Therefore, studies in future on the processes and meehanisms of glacier variations are important to develop the modeling for predietion of the future variation of glaciers, glaeier lakes and water resourees. See Also Feature: The debate heats up. www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/295861 Report: An overview of glacier retreat and impacts in Nepal, India and China. www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/295860 Feature: Flooded out. www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/295867 Opinion: Monitoring of Himalayan glaciers and snow cover. www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/284462 Report: Glacial retreat & climate change www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/290848 Report: Global glacier changes. www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/256601 Report: National mission for sustaining the Himalayan eco-system www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/289948