Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news.
Project Forecasts India’s Hydrological Future in a Changing Climate
From Earth & Space Science News:
“The Indian subcontinent is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its diversified socioeconomic and climatic conditions. Changes in monsoon variability and glacier melt may lead to droughts over the Indian plains as well as extreme rains and abrupt floods in the neighboring Himalayas…Through our work with the NORINDIA project, we found that there is a risk of 50% glacier melt in the Beas River basin, which covers northwest India and northeast Pakistan, by 2050.”
Learn more about NORINDIA and its work in India.
Chilly Conditions No Match for Methane-cycling Microorganisms
From FEMS Microbiology Ecology:
“Alpine belt soils harbored significantly more methane-cyclers than ––those of the nival belt, indicating some influence of plant cover. Our results show that methanogens are capable of persisting in high-alpine cold soils and might help to understand future changes of these environments caused by climate warming.”
What are the implications of this study? Find out here.
Preliminary Study Looks at Relationship Between Glacial Lakes and Zooplankton
From Polish Journal of Environmental Studies:
“Zooplankton communities can be affected by glacial influence. In marine environments zooplankton mortality, mainly associated with the chemical properties of the ice, has been found in areas close to ice fields.”
Find out which characteristic of glacial lakes is affecting zooplankton.