Tracking Kyrgyzstan’s melting glaciers
Cambridge, UK | 28 January
High speed networks helping to forewarn of
Climate change is having a major impact on Central Asia
with retreating glaciers leading to large scale flooding, avalanches and
mudslides, often with disastrous results.
Understanding how the environment is
altering through ongoing monitoring is key to coping with the effects of climate
change. Only then is it possible to devise mitigation and adaptation strategies
and create early warning systems to protect lives and livelihoods. Various
initiatives have begun, involving glaciologists and geohazard experts across
Central Asia and Europe.
This international collaborative research
generates large amounts of data which needs to be shared, often in short
timescales from remote locations. Consequently, the fight to mitigate climate
change relies on high-speed research networks, such as GÉANT (in Europe) and
CAREN (in Central Asia) to underpin these vital activities.
The Merzbacher monitoring station: a watchful eye
on the Tien Shan glaciers
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CAREN tracking Kyrgyzstan’s melting glaciers