Scientists say Sikkim glaciers are losing mass faster than other parts of the Himalaya

It stated that when compared to other Himalayan regions, the magnitude of dimensional changes and debris growth is higher in the Sikkim.
Akarsh Phanindra

Updated: Mar 25,2020 04:41:59 pm

Scientists say Sikkim glaciers are losing mass faster than other parts of the Himalaya

25 March 2020 Current Affairs:Scientists from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun found that glaciers in Sikkim are melting at a higher magnitude as compared to other Himalayan regions. 

Study Highlights:
♦ The scientists assessed the response of 23 glaciers of Sikkim to climate change for the period of 1991-2015. It revealed that the glaciers in Sikkim have retreated and deglaciated significantly from 1991 to 2015.
♦ Small-sized glaciers in Sikkim are retreating while larger glaciers are thinning due to climate change.
♦ It stated that when compared to other Himalayan regions, the magnitude of dimensional changes and debris growth is higher in the Sikkim.  
♦ The western and central Himalaya glaciers are reported to have slowed down in recent decades, but the Sikkim glaciers have shown negligible deceleration after 2000. 
♦ It highlighted that the behavior of glaciers in the region seems to adopt different mechanisms to cope with the ongoing climatic changes.

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG):
WIHG is a research institute for the study of Geology of the Himalaya under the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI. It was established in 1968. It is located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. It provides consultancy and advisory services to various organizations for geotechnical feasibility of major and minor hydel projects, site selection for bridges and their foundation, slope stability, and control of landslides, site selection for deep tubewells, among others.
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