Reviewing Scientific Assessment Data On Imja Glacial Lake And GLOF For The Activity Of Component I Of Community Based Flood And Glacial Lake Outburst Risk Reduction Project

Himalayan glaciers cover about three million hectares or 17% of the mountain area as compared to 2.2% in the Swiss Alps. They form the largest body of ice outside the polar caps and are the source of water for the innumerable rivers that flow across the Indo-Gangetic plains. Himalayan glacial snowfields store about 12,000 km3 of freshwater. About 15,000 Himalayan glaciers form a unique reservoir which supports perennial rivers such as the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra which, in turn, are the lifeline of millions of people in South Asian countries (Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, India and Bangladesh) (IPCC WGII AR4). Glaciers are highly sensitive to climate change due to their relatively quick response. Climate cooling results in glacier advancement and warming...

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