Technical Report: Mountain glaciers melting

Mena Benavides, Melisa, Bustillos Ardaya, Alicia, Eberle, Caitlyn and Schneiderbauer, Stefan (2023). Technical Report: Mountain glaciers melting. Interconnected Disaster Risks 2023: Risk Tipping Points. United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

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    Author Mena Benavides, Melisa
    Bustillos Ardaya, Alicia
    Eberle, Caitlyn
    Schneiderbauer, Stefan
    Title Technical Report: Mountain glaciers melting
    Series Title Interconnected Disaster Risks 2023: Risk Tipping Points
    Publication Date 2023-10-25
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
    Pages 22
    Language eng
    Abstract Mountain regions are known as the “water towers of the world” for their capacity to store freshwater in glaciers. River basins with glaciers on their headwaters benefit from water stored as ice, representing a regulating water source for downstream river flow, particularly during the summer and in dry periods, especially in times of drought. However, human-induced global warming has caused glaciers to retreat, meaning the ice mass that has formed over many years melts faster than snowfall can replace. Currently, glaciers are melting at double the speed they have in the past two decades, with ever decreasing water availability for those that depend on glacial meltwater for their lives. This technical background report for the 2023 edition of the Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses the root causes, drivers, impacts and potential solutions for the mountain glaciers melting risk tipping point our world is facing through an analysis of academic literature, media articles and expert interviews.
    Keyword Mountain glaciers
    Water security
    Peak water
    Tipping point
    Copyright Holder United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.53324/SEVX5525
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