Special Issue "Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Glacierized Regions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
Interests: climate change; glaciers; water resources in glacierized regions
Interests: glaciology; glacier hydrology; water resources in Central Asia
The mountain cryosphere (including seasonal snow pack, glacier ice, rock glaciers and permafrost) plays a key role in the provisioning of water for plains, especially in regions with arid and semi-arid climates. Since the middle of the 20th century, all components of the mountain cryosphere have been strongly affected by climatic warming. The reduction in the area and volume of mountain glaciers and the degradation of permafrost are particularly prominent. The observed decline of the mountain cryosphere has already affected water resources in many regions (e.g., the tropical Andes) where a strong negative impact is anticipated in the future when glaciers and ground ice resources have been exhausted. In other areas (e.g., Central Asia), there is no agreement about alterations to the regional water cycle, the role of precipitation variability, and the relative contributions of the components of the cryosphere to discharge. The projections of future discharge and timing of peak flow, which are needed for the development of viable and timely adaptation plans, are subject to a very strong uncertainty in all glacierized regions.
Dr. Maria Shahgedanova
Prof. Igor Severskiy
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- Climate change
- Discharge modelling
- Glacier change
- Glacierized catchments
- Glacier lakes
- Peak flow
- Projections of future water resources
- Trends in discharge
- Water resources
- Water management in glacierized catchments