Climate change: melting glaciers of Central Asia

Publication date: 15 June 2018

Glaciers play an important role in the formation of the Central Asian rivers. For example, around the half of the summer flow of the Amu Darya, the largest river in the region is formed in the summer by glacial meltwater. The long-term observations, however, suggest that glaciers of Central Asia have been shrinking at alarming rates over the past 40 years due to climate change.

We bring to your attention the presentation of Dr Tomas Saks, Senior Researcher at the University of Fribourg, on "Melting Glaciers of Central Asia". His presentation contains a brief overview of what we know today about the glaciers of Central Asia, why it is important to have proper glaciological monitoring and research in the region, how climate change has been affecting the state of glaciers in the past and what we can expect in the future.



Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin or CAMP4ASB is implemented by CAREC and financed by the World Bank. The project aims to enhance regionally coordinated access to improved climate change knowledge services for key stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, communities, and civil society) in participating Central Asian countries as well as to increased investments and capacity building that, combined, will address climate challenges common to these countries.CAMP4ASB is implemented in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan during the period from 2016 to 2021.

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