Population Health

October 24, 2017

Assessing climate change’s impact on High Mountain Asia water resources

Tibet Topographical MapThe more than one billion people who live in the High Mountain Asia (HMA) region depend on the area’s large glaciers and snow packs for freshwater, hydropower and agriculture.

A University of Washington project is studying the HMA’s glaciers, snow, permafrost and precipitation to determine how climate change is impacting the water resources of that region.

Project generated data is analyzed and used for computer simulation modeling and predictions that to help governments manage their water resources. The UW researchers also hope to help prevent hazards such as landslides, washed out roads and flooding.

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