Scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have recently led a systematic review examining changes in Himalayan Glaciers. The review, titled "What is the evidence for glacial shrinkage across the Himalayas?", was published by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence.

The Systematic Review covers evidence collated up to 2010 and was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and supported by the European Union though the (FP6) funded Integrated Project WATCH.

A systematic review approach to collating and assessing the evidence concerning glacial shrinkage in the Himalayas was employed to ascertain how the regions' glaciers have changed. Using the most relevant and robust reported observations of change in monitored glaciers the questions that were assessed included:

  • Are glaciers shrinking or growing in mass, and are there regional differences?
  • Is the rate of glacial shrinkage changing across the region?
  • What are the knowledge gaps and how best can future research be delivered?

The systematic review team comprised international scientists from CEH, Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), University of Salford (UK), and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

The full review can be read here [PDF, 3.11MB]

Additional information

Full reference: Miller, J., Rees, G., Warnaars, T., Young, G., Collins, D. & Shrestha, A. 2013. What is the evidence for glacial shrinkage across the Himalayas? CEE review10-008. Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. More details.




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