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Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security

Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security
Glaciers.. Con Himalay, Wescoat J
National Academies Press
Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security
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    2023-01-28
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  • Category
    Earth Science
  • File Type
    Book
  • Language
    English
  • File Format
    PDF
  • Year
    2012
  • ISBN-10
    0309260981
  • ISBN-13
    9780309260985
  • Pages
    219 pages
  • File Size
    23.003 MB
  • Release Date
    2023-01-28

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Book Summary

The book of “Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security “ establishes the importance of Himalayan glaciers as regional water sources and emphasizes needs for integrated study considering both physical science and social factors. It explains how glacier melt impacts water supply, energy production, agriculture, and disaster risk in Asia. Specifically, runoff from glacierized basins nourishes major rivers like the Indus.

Transitioning to key topics, Himalayan Glaciers assesses climate change impacts on glaciers and related hydrological processes. The “Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security “  book provides overview chapters on glacier dynamics, mass balance, hydrology, and modeling. Additionally, regional chapters for  Himalayan  profile glacier resources and climate threats in areas like the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Himalayan Glaciers also examines glacier lake formation and outburst flooding risks.

In summary,  the “Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security “  book presents integrated physical and social science perspectives on the region’s threatened cryospheric resources. It elucidates glacier processes, quantifies resources, and probes impacts on water, energy, agriculture, and communities. Most critically, the book equips scientists, policymakers, and communities with knowledge needed to secure water futures.

 

Contents

1- INTRODUCTION

  • Study Context and Charge to the Committee,
  • Geographic Scope
  • Study Approach and Methodology
  • Organization of the Report

2- PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

  • Glacier Mass Balance
  • Regional Climate and Meteorology
  • Paleoclimate
  • Regional Hydrology
  • Physical Extreme Events
  • Conclusions

3- HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AND WATER RESOURCES

  • Population Distribution and Migration
  • Patterns of Water Use
  • Clean Water and Sanitation Access
  • Measuring Water Scarcity
  • Water Management, Institutions, and Hydroclimatic Change
  • Conclusions

4- ENVIRONMENTAL RISK AND SECURITY

  • Security Dynamics and Water Conflict
  • Conclusions

5- CONCLUSION

  • A Way Forward
  • Research and Data Needs
  • Options for Adapting to Changes in Climate, Hydrology, and Water Availability

6- REFERENCES

7- APPENDIXES

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