How Sikkim glaciers melt at higher magnitude compared to other Himalayan regions
Gangtok, March 26:
Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun, an autonomous research institute for the study of Geology of the Himalaya under the Department of Science and Technology, have found that glaciers in Sikkim are melting at a higher magnitude as compared to other Himalayan regions.
The study published in Science of the Total Environment assessed the response of 23 glaciers of Sikkim to climate change for the period of 1991-2015 and revealed that 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.
Compared to other Himalayan regions, the magnitude of dimensional changes and debris growth are higher in the Sikkim.