About this Research Topic
High Mountain Asia (HMA), extending from the Hindu Kush and Tien Shan in the west to the eastern Himalaya, holds large reservoirs of glaciers and snow that provide a source of water to more than a billion people in the region. Changes in climate are driving cryospheric changes that are altering the timing and magnitude of this water supply, with downstream impacts on land utilization practices, ecosystems and the frequency of hazardous events. Future changes in runoff due to climate change will influence food and water security in the region, emphasizing the need for improved quantification of climatic, cryospheric and hydrological changes to inform policy and resource management decisions.
We welcome studies that address changes to the HMA region with a focus on:
• climate assessment (precipitation, temperature, aerosol concentrations and other meteorological variables)
• regional water balance estimates and the partitioning of source components
• cryospheric responses to changing climate
• land/atmosphere interactions
• hazard prediction and mitigation
• social and economic impacts of hydrological changes
• downstream impacts to ecosystems
• projections of land surface responses to future changes in climate
This Research Topic will include cross-disciplinary studies that address the complexity of HMA’s physical, social and political landscape. We welcome collaborative research that use data assimilation or data driven modeling to integrate field and remote sensing observations.
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Keywords: glaciers, climate change, cryosphere, Himalayas, hazards, snow, water, ecosystems
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