009 - Climate Change Mitigation - The Himalayas

Factual Question

What is the impact of climate change upon the Alpine glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region and their associated river basins?

Debatable Questions

To what extent do Alpine environments hold opportunities for scientific and technical innovation?

To what extent can scientific and technical innovations  hold the key to mitigate the process of climate change in Alpine regions?

Key Terminology

We will be exploring what an ice stupa is part of the mitigation element of the lesson. If you are still unsure towards the end of lesson of what an ice stupa is click on the 'Useful Link' below:

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Activity One - Importance

We have learnt from looking at The Alps in Europe that the water from the glaciers are very important to different stakeholders. We are now going to explore how the water is a vital resource in the Himalayan region. 

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Impact of Glacier melting on Himalayan Karakoram Region's Rivers

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Activity Two - Describe

As always geographers like to use data to illustrate their arguments and describe change.  We are going to explore how a visual stimulus helps us to discover the changes in ice in the Himalayan region. 

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Image One - The Grid - Changing Glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Activity Three - Impact

We are now going to explore the impact that the decrease in glacial mass has on its surrounding regions in the Himalayas. Create a detailed example of the consequences that climate change is having on the area.

Activity Four - Possibilities

It has all been a bit 'doom and gloom' so far in the lesson as you have been discovering the consequences that climate change is having on the Himalayan Region in Asia. Geography though also explores the possibilities of how to create positive change.  How can scientific and technical innovation help to create appropriate solutions to mitigate the impact that climate change is having on the region?

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Ice Stupas

Climate Adaptation Programme

Activity Five - It is possible?

We have now spoken a lot about climate change and how it is negatively impacting the Himalayan Glaciers but things are never quite as simple as that! A recent article on the Geographical has suggested that glaciers in the Himalayas area actually fighting back against global warming. This could help in gaining an understanding if all or any other glaciers may see a reversal in their fortunes. Read the article and answer the following questions: