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Climate Change and Himalaya: Natural Hazards and Mountain Resources

J. Sundaresan (Editor) Pankaj Gupta (Editor) K.M. Santosh (Editor) Ram Boojh (Editor)

Glaciers and snow cover of Himalaya is the major source of water in Central Asia. Natural calamities and geo hydrological hazards occur in this regime due to rapid uplift of Himalaya and the under thrusting of Indian Plate and other extreme climatic disturbances. The book

Climate Change and Himalaya- Natural hazards and mountain resources presents the resources of Himalaya along with the potential natural hazards. It consists twenty two chapters from researchers working in different institutions with multi disciplinary approach. More than seven hundred glaciers were monitored and discussed in one of the chapter of this book. Recently, Indian Himalayan Region was rocked by a chain of calamities occurred due to cloudburst , excessive rain fall followed by flash floods and landslides during June 2013. This is one of the initial scientific attempts to understand the above natural calamity. Urbanisation of mountain and sustainable utilisation of mountain resources are discussed in this book. This book will be highly useful to researchers, policy makers, students and is an essential document to libraries of universities, colleges, research institutions and personnel collections.

Contents: 1. Spatial distribution of glacier mass balance using remote sensing data in the Himalayan Region/S. K. Singh, I. M. Bahuguna, B. P. Rathore and Ajai. 2. Does the Himalayan glacier study mean for climate change/Manohar Arora, Rakesh Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Jatin Malhotra. 3. Estimating glacier changes in the Ravi basin (1972-2006) through remote sensing techniques/Shruti Dutta, A. L. Ramanathan and Anurag Linda. 4. Dissolved ion chemistry of Bara Shigri glacier meltwater, western Himalaya, India/Virendra Bahadur Singh, A. L. Ramanathan, Jose George Pottakkal, Naveen Kumar and Parmanand Sharma. 5. A statistical analysis to study the effect of solar activity on Gangotri Glacier/Madhavi Jain, Vasant G. Havanagi and Pankaj Gupta.

6 Tilting of the vegetation in the ablation zone may be potential indicators of climatic and glacial deviation: A case study/M. P. S. Bisht, V. Rana, Suman Singh and C. S. Rana. 7. Climate change and attendant landslide hazards in the Northwest Himalayas/V. K. Sharma. 8. Landslides and cloudburst in Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) during June 2013 — Historical perspectives and remedial measures/Pankaj Gupta and J. Sundaresan. 9. Climatic change and increasing geo-hydrological hazards/Kishor Kumar, Anil Kathait, Nitesh Goyal, Indervir S Negi and S. Gangopadhya. 10. Landslides and its impact on society –A case study of Narayanbagar landslide/Pankaj Gupta, Neelam J. Gupta and J. Sundaresan. 11. Developmental study of two species of a homosporous climbing fern, Lygodium/Ruchi Srivastav and P. L. Uniyal.

12 Non food oilseed plant as an alternative resource for biofuel production/S.P. Saikia, S. Mapelli, P. Pecchia, K. D. Mudoi and A. Gogoi. 13 Climate change and hill agriculture-A study of Uttarakhand State of Indian Himalaya/M. C. Sati and Prashant Kumar. 14. Analysis of long term climate variability and changes in North-Western states of Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)/Rajesh Joshi and Kireet Kumar. 15. Arya’s C cycles and climate change natural/Ritesh Arya. 16. Climate change and appropriate actions worldwide/Kiran Yadav. 17 Climate variability and urbanization-impacts, risk and solutions for Narmada river basin/Divya Sharma. 18. Ca 5,000 years record of climate from a sub-tropical lake in Garhwal Himalaya: A clay mineral approach/L. M. Joshi, B. S. Kotlia and O. S. Chauhan. 19. Phenotypic plasticity leading to sympatric speciation in populations of Ephedra in Lahaul and Spiti (India) – Prabha Sharma, P. L.Uniyaland Øyvind Hammer. 20. Evolving climate resilient livelihoods through integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation/Indrani Phukan and Shazneen C Gazdar. 21. Probabilistic assessment of earthquake recurrence in Northeast India: an appraisal from inverse Gaussian distribution/Sumanta Pasari, Divyesh M. Varade and Onkar Dikshit. 22. Pattern of rainfall distribution and trend in Srinagar and Banihal stations of Jammu and Kashmir/S. Sreekesh Index.

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About the authors

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta, M.Sc., M.Phil in Animal Physiology is a Researcher in the Institute and is simultaneously pursuing his doctorate from Himachal Pradesh University.  He has five yeas research experiences and his area of interest is Indigenous Health Care System and Ethnic foods in Himalayan Region.

Ram Boojh

Ram Boojh is Programme Specialist, Ecological & Earth Sciences, UNESCO Office, New Delhi. He has a work experience of more than 27 years in the area of environment & biodiversity related issues. Present major responsibilities include the coordination of the MAB (Man and the Biosphere) programme, South and Central Asian MAB Network, Focal point for the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), Coordinator World Heritage Biodiversity Programme and responsible for UNESCO’s natural heritage programme. He is recipient of the Science Academy Medal for Young Scientist of the Indian National Science Academy presented by late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of Indian in January 1984. He has published over 50 research/technical papers in various journals of repute, over 100 popular articles and 11 books.

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Title Climate Change and Himalaya: Natural Hazards and Mountain Resources
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788172338817
length xvi+262p., Illustrations; Colour; Maps; 23cm.