By: J Sundaresan(Author), Pankaj Gupta(Author), KM Santosh(Author), Ram Boojh(Author)
216 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w maps
Data and information is the essential requirement for planning and development. Climate change & Himalayan Wcosystem-Indicator, Bio & Water Resources contains basic information and data on glaciers, climate change indicators & projections, water resources, and biodiversity hot spots of the Himalayas. Sudies on climate change and recession patterns of the glaciers in the Himalayas reported in this book concludes that the "Possibility of the rivers in the Himalayas drying up as a consequence of rapid degeneration of the glaciers is not borne out by the past history". In this book, based on a study conducted in the watershed of the Central Himalayas, a decision support system (DSS) is introduced as interactive tool to understand the problem and explores various courses about water demand and supply management to help decision makers. Himalayan foreland basin derivatives hold records of climatic changes in response to monsoonal circulation. In this study, the authors focus on detrital records (11 to 5 Ma) of the Ramganga sub-basin of the Himalayan foreland nasin to understand the climate aspect during its deposition. Himalayan biodiversity conservation is discussed in detail in this book. it infers that in the Himalayas, with the current technological capabilities, it is very certain that the present species extinction rate will overtake the rate of biodiversity inventorization and characterization. Carbon sequestration potential of the forests of the Himalayas is also analyzed in this book. This book has a detailed account of altitudinal shifts of butterflies due to an increase of air temperature in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Changes in NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) over a period of several years, is examined in this study to assess the changes caused by climate and socioeconomic aspects.
This book will be a hand book for researchers, students, environmentalist and administrators who are associated with multi-dimensional decision support systems in mountain ecosystems.
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