Himalayan Glaciers melting at ‘Exceptional Rate’.​ 


The acceleration in melting of Himalayan Glaciers has become more than disturbing which is threatening the water supply of millions of people in Asia, a new research study warns.
Researchers from University of Leeds, England have come to the conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers have lost ice ten times more quickly over the last few decades than on average since the last major glacier expansion 400-700 years ago.
The researchers say that the rate of loss is so ‘exceptional’ because the Himalayan glaciers are shrinking far more rapidly than glaciers in other parts of the world.
A reconstruction of the size and ice surfaces of 14,798 Himalayan glaciers during the Little Ice Age was made. The researchers calculate that the glaciers have lost around 40 per cent of their area, shrinking from a peak of 28,000 km2 to around 19,600 km2 today.The water released through that melting has raised sea levels across the world by between 0.92 mm and 1.38 mm, the team calculates.

The Himalayan mountain range is home to the world's third-largest amount of glacier ice, after Antarctica and the Arctic and is often referred to as 'the Third Pole'.
The acceleration of melting of Himalayan glaciers has significant implications for hundreds of millions of people who depend on Asia's major river systems for food and energy. These rivers include the Brahmaputra, Ganga and Indus.

"Our findings clearly show that ice is now being lost from Himalayan glaciers at a rate that is at least ten times higher than the average rate over past centuries. This acceleration in the rate of loss has only emerged within the last few decades, and coincides with human-induced climate change”, said Dr Jonathan Carrivick, Corresponding Author and Deputy Head of the University of Leeds School of Geography.