Webinar: State and fate of the Hindu Kush Himalaya water resources

Understanding climate change impacts on the Hindu Kush Himalaya cryosphere and possible impacts on the region’s water resources.

The IPCC AR4 presented a gloomy picture of the future of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), along with possible impacts on water availability. This also raised awareness on knowledge gaps that exist and the need to strengthen research on the HKH cryosphere. Today, we have a much better understanding of how glaciers may change in the future and what it means for water resources. Interestingly, some of the findings are counter intuitive and are in contrast to what was earlier hypothesized.
In this webinar the key issues to be addressed are:
1. The HKH is warming faster than the global average and is likely to warm faster in the future. The effects of warming are stronger in the higher altitude areas of the region
2. HHK glaciers are projected to lose 50-65% of their mass by the end of the century
3. The HKH river basins will face challenges of extreme flows, while annual and seasonal average flows are not projected to change significantly in the future.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Time: 3:00pm (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Format: 60 minutes total time for Presentation, Discussion, Q&A

Cost: Free

Chair: Suzy Goldsmith

Resources: Webcasts and other documents will be available here

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Arun Shrestha

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Arun Shrestha is a Senior Climate Change Specialist and Program Manager for the Regional River Basins and Cryosphere program of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) ba... Read more