Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change

Background

Changes in cryosphere cover due to climate change as a result of anthropogenically induced causes is now being considered as one of the catalytic forcing factors for dramatically impacting human and ecological regimes. The factors and mechanism of changes thus caused are not yet scientifically understood. The Northern Rivers of India, having source in the Himalayan glaciers provide a lifeline for millions. The consequence on these rivers needs to be addressed immediately so that the contingency plans could be drawn before it is too late.

Relevance of intervention

Four Universities: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, University of Kashmir, Srinagar J & K, University of Jammu, Jammu, J & K and Sikkim Central University, Gangtok, Sikkim came together to form a consortium named ‘Inter-University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (IUCCCC)’ to look into Cryosphere- Societal interactions, within the framework of integrated science-social science research. The consortium partner universities cover most of the northwest, central and northeast part of the Indian Himalaya. The IUCCCC intends to bring in the field data for scientific explanation for climate and cryosphere changes over time and space; and evaluate societal needs and capabilities for adaptation to such changes, if any, in the coming decades.

Objectives

  • To investigate, assess and measure changes in cryosphere cover due to climate change on standardized format.
  • To build on the field data repository on climate and cryosphere changes over space and time.
  • To comprehend the impact of such changes on human and ecological regimes with a special emphases on the Himalayan Rivers
  • To build state-of-art laboratories to achieve the above goals in each of the partner institutions

Research Under IUCCCC

Implications of Shrinking Cryosphere under Changing Climate on the Streamflows in the Upper Indus Basin, Western Himalayas

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Highlights of Significant Research on Rainfall and Glaciers in Himalayas

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