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The effect of climate change on the fate of glaciers in the Karakoram, Himalaya Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
climate change
glacier
modelling
Himalaya
CO2
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Janes, Tamara Joleen
Supervisor and department
Bush, Andrew (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Reuter, Gerhard (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Swaters, Gordon (Mathematics)
Department
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-09-01T17:27:14Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
High-resolution regional climate simulations of the Karakoram, Himalaya have been performed for investigation into the atmospheric dynamics in this region, and their role in the Karakoram’s snowfall accumulation and glacial evolution. It has been seen through a combination of field measurements and satellite observations that a large number of glaciers in this region are static or advancing whilst other glaciers in the central and eastern Himalaya, as well as around the world, are nearly all retreating. By performing time slice calculations for the Karakoram region through the 21st century, it is found that, despite region wide simulated temperature changes, the highly elevated regions of the Karakoram mountain range experience positive snow mass balance through the 21st century. This result arises from a strong positive correlation between snow mass balance and simulated increases in regional precipitation, which outweighs the negative correlation between snow mass balance and simulated increases in temperature.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R36M0X
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