Significant Expansion of Glacial Lakes in the Indian Himalayas

The ISRO report highlights a significant expansion of over 27% in glacial lakes within the Indian Himalayas since 1984, particularly affecting the Indus, Ganga, and Brahmaputra basins. This expansion, primarily attributed to human-induced climate change, underscores the dramatic retreat and thinning of glaciers. Monitoring these changes through satellite technology is vital for understanding glacier dynamics, assessing risks of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), and formulating effective conservation strategies. The report points out the critical role of these lakes in providing freshwater and their function as indicators of environmental impact due to climate change.

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