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Global Warming Effects On Asia Glaciers As Described By Glaciologist Hamish Pritchard

May 12, 2017 01:08 PM EDT


"Global warming" is currently the biggest problem in the world. Scientists are saying that the Earth will be lifeless in near future because of excessive warmth in the atmosphere. Recently, glaciologist, Hamish Pritchard from Cambridge University has introduced a new study about Asia's glaciers.

Here one question may arise that how they might be impacted by "Global Warming", in this following discussion impact of Global Warming on Asia glaciers will be discussed. Hamish Pritchard describes, the nature of the glaciers of different mountains in Asia, which include the Kunlun Shan, Pamir, Karakoram, Hindu Kush and Tian Shan mountains and of course, the Himalayas.

According to him, Asia's mountains have the highest concentration of glacier in the world and around 800 million people living in this area. But now they are affected by water runoff that occurs due to glacier melt during the warmer month, reported by National Geographic. He also attempts to figure out the impacts of "Global Warming" on approximately 136 million people living in countries such as Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan to changes the amount of melt water.

When the planet warms due to "Global Warming", then the glacier areas will increase. As a result water runoff will also increase as more ice melts each year. After glacier shrink, it will eventually produce less runoff. It also removes the buffer against droughts in dry regions, reported by Phys.Org.

But still one confusion there, on the other regions it will have less impact and reduce water runoff because they have a monsoon season every summer. It is still unclear to the scientist what actually the impact of "Global Warming" will have to the monsoon season.

However, to overcome this problem, many of those countries in the region have already built reservoirs to hold the glacial melt. These reservoirs provide water for drinking and energy production during the winter month. Finally, the scientist has found that meltwater has the greatest impact on the Aral Sea and Indus River catchments. It provided a basic structure for predicting "Global Warming" impacts on the area as a number of meltwater changes.

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