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Experts link climate change, permafrost

  • Experts link climate change, permafrost
    Summary: We must assume that climate change also affects the state of permafrost in the Himalayas, with consequences for landscapes, hazards, natural systems, and livelihoods. The knowledge about permafrost distribution and processes is very limited for this region and its different climatic regimes.We know that permafrost distribution must be widespread in the Himalayas and from other parts of the world, we know that thawing permafrost affects various natural systems, infrastructure, and livelihoods. In the Himalayas, very few studies exist on permafrost. For example, some areas become drier, while others become wetter, which can change biodiversity and plant communities.Greenhouse gases might also be released. Dr Dorothea Stumm, senior glaciologist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal , says thawing of this invisible layer causes disturbances in natural systems, infrastructure and livelihoodPermafrost is invisible at the surface.

    Dr Dorothea Stumm, senior glaciologist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal , says thawing of this invisible layer causes disturbances in natural systems, infrastructure and livelihoodPermafrost is invisible at the surface. It has received more attention in the Himalayas only in the last few years. In the Himalayas, very few studies exist on permafrost.

    The knowledge about permafrost distribution and processes is very limited for this region and its different climatic regimes.We know that permafrost distribution must be widespread in the Himalayas and from other parts of the world, we know that thawing permafrost affects various natural systems, infrastructure, and livelihoods. We must assume that climate change also affects the state of permafrost in the Himalayas, with consequences for landscapes, hazards, natural systems, and livelihoods. However, there are no existing studies on the impact of thawing permafrost in the Himalayas.For the Himalayas, it is difficult to say what the effects are and how many people will be affected.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/experts-link-climate-change-permafrost/articleshow/57107198.cms


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