The Melting Himalayas: Cascading Effects of Climate Change on Water, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods
Xu, JC ; Grumbine, RE ; Shrestha, A ; Eriksson, M ; Yang, XF ; Wang, Y ; Wilkes, A
Corresponding Authorj.c.xu@cgiar.org
2009
Source PublicationCONSERVATION BIOLOGY
ISSN0888-8892
Volume23Issue:3Pages:520-530
AbstractThe Greater Himalayas hold the largest mass of ice outside polar regions and are the source of the 10 largest rivers in Asia. Rapid reduction in the volume of Himalayan glaciers due to climate change is occurring. The cascading effects of rising temperatures and loss of ice and snow in the region are affecting, for example, water availability (amounts, seasonality), biodiversity (endemic species, predator-prey relations), ecosystem boundary shifts (tree-line movements, high-elevation ecosystem changes), and global feedbacks (monsoonal shifts, loss of soil carbon). Climate change will also have environmental and social impacts that will likely increase uncertainty in water supplies and agricultural production for human populations across Asia. A common understanding of climate change needs to be developed through regional and local-scale research so that mitigation and adaptation strategies can be identified and implemented. The challenges brought about by climate change in the Greater Himalayas can only be addressed through increased regional collaboration in scientific research and policy making.
KeywordAlpine Ecosystem Cascading Effects Climate Change Glaciers Himalayas Water Resources Cambio Climatico Ecosistema Alpino Efectos En Cascada Glaciares Himalaya Recursos Hidricos
Subject AreaBiodiversity Conservation ; Ecology ; Environmental Sciences
Indexed Bysci
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/3146
Collection中国科学院东亚植物多样性与生物地理学重点实验室
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Xu, JC,Grumbine, RE,Shrestha, A,et al. The Melting Himalayas: Cascading Effects of Climate Change on Water, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods[J]. CONSERVATION BIOLOGY,2009,23(3):520-530.
APA Xu, JC.,Grumbine, RE.,Shrestha, A.,Eriksson, M.,Yang, XF.,...&Wilkes, A.(2009).The Melting Himalayas: Cascading Effects of Climate Change on Water, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods.CONSERVATION BIOLOGY,23(3),520-530.
MLA Xu, JC,et al."The Melting Himalayas: Cascading Effects of Climate Change on Water, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods".CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 23.3(2009):520-530.
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