© 2016

Climate Change, Glacier Response, and Vegetation Dynamics in the Himalaya

Contributions Toward Future Earth Initiatives

  • RB Singh
  • Udo Schickhoff
  • Suraj Mal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Shabeh ul Hasson, Lars Gerlitz, Udo Schickhoff, Thomas Scholten, Jürgen Böhner
      Pages 29-48
    3. Lars Gerlitz, Benjamin Bechtel, Jürgen Böhner, Maria Bobrowski, Birgit Bürzle, Michael Müller et al.
      Pages 49-64
    4. Tirtha Raj Adhikari, Lochan Prasad Devkota
      Pages 65-85
    5. R. B. Singh, Swarnima Singh, Shouraseni Sen Roy
      Pages 103-115
    6. R. B. Singh, Santosh Kumar, Ajay Kumar
      Pages 117-135
  3. Climate Change Impacts on Glaciers and Hydrology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Nicolai Holzer, Tim Golletz, Manfred Buchroithner, Tobias Bolch
      Pages 139-153
    3. Simon K. Allen, Andreas Linsbauer, Christian Huggel, S. S. Randhawa, Yvonne Schaub, Markus Stoffel
      Pages 181-203
    4. Manish Mehta, D. P. Dobhal, Tanuj Shukla, Anil K. Gupta
      Pages 219-234
    5. Teiji Watanabe, Alton C. Byers, Marcelo A. Somos-Valenzuela, Daene C. McKinney
      Pages 235-250
  4. Climate Change and Vegetation Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Udo Schickhoff, Maria Bobrowski, Jürgen Böhner, Birgit Bürzle, Ram Prasad Chaudhary, Lars Gerlitz et al.
      Pages 271-306
    3. Niels Schwab, Udo Schickhoff, Michael Müller, Lars Gerlitz, Birgit Bürzle, Jürgen Böhner et al.
      Pages 307-345

About this book


This book provides information essential for anyone interested in climate and environmental change of the Himalayan region, including land and resource managers, environmental planners, conservationists, environmentalists, geographers, climatologists, ecologists, and students. The book is unique in its coverage of the current understanding of the science of climate change in the Himalayan mountain system and of the major impacts on physical systems and ecosystems. The book gives an overview of the physical science basis of climate change and explains drivers and processes of glacier and vegetation dynamics.

The book covers relevant aspects of accelerated climate change observed in the Himalayan mountain system, and highlights the regional differentiation of climatic changes and associated environmental modifications. The focus is on climate variability and change, and how physical systems and ecosystems respond to climate change impacts. Consequences include impacts on physical systems such as glacier shrinkage, glacial lake outburst floods, altered hydrological characteristics, permafrost warming and thawing, and mass movements on slopes. Climate change is also a powerful stressor on ecosystems and induces range shifts of plant and animal species and alterations in terms of phenology, biomass, plant cover, plant group dominance and species composition. Thus, ecosystem structure and functioning will be strongly affected.

The book has an introductory chapter followed by a section on climate change, a section on impacts on glaciers and hydrology, and a section on vegetation dynamics. Each section has several chapters presenting key concepts, major drivers and key processes of environmental change in the Himalayan region from different perspectives. Climate change impacts in the Himalaya have not been studied in much detail, and respective findings were not presented so far in a comprehensive overview. This book summarizes the current knowledge of interactions between climate change and the dynamics of glaciers, hydrology, and vegetation.


Climate Change, Himalaya Glacial Lake Outburst Floods Glacier Fluctuation Himalayan Ecosystem Vegetation Responses to Climate Change

Editors and affiliations

  • RB Singh
    • 1
  • Udo Schickhoff
    • 2
  • Suraj Mal
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geography, Delhi School ofUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  2. 2.CEN Center for Earth System Research andUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Geography, Shaheed BhagatUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

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“The collection of chapters represents an in-depth analysis of trends in temperature and precipitation in different areas of the region. … The editors of this volume have created an excellent work that integrates climate change in the Himalayas with numerous ecological dynamics. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, professionals.” (J. L. Hatfield, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)

"The focus on elevation and the diversity of topics presented within this book represent its greatest strengths. … the book provides both breadth and detail on ongoing environmental changes in the Himalayas. … it would be suitable for researchers and graduate-level students working in the region on a variety of topics, or as a reference book for upper-level courses on mountains and environmental change." (Joseph Shea, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 37 (3), August, 2017)