Glacier lake outburst floods

By: Alfred Diebold

Linking science and art for sustainable futures, part 3

Climate change scenarios for Central Asia forecast a 1° to 3°C increase in temperature by 2030–50. Future increases in both rainfall variability and extreme weather events make water availability less predictable. Climate change has also altered precipitation patterns. It caused more precipitation in northern parts of Central Asia and less in the south, where most agricultural areas are. But most profound effects of global warming are being observed on glaciers in Central Asia.

Photo: Glacier with small glacier lakes in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan (Alfred Diebold ©)

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