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Climate change has driven 16% drop in ‘snow meltwater’ from Asia’s high mountains

There are three key water sources – snow meltwater, glacial meltwater and rainfall Image: Unsplash/Melissa Bradley

Ayesha Tandon

Science Journalist, Carbon Brief

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Map of high-mountain Asia, showing major rivers and basins.
Map of high-mountain Asia, showing major rivers and basins. Image: Kraaijenbrink et al (2021)
The four snow meltwater regimes, and the rivers that they feed.
The four snow meltwater regimes, and the rivers that they feed. Image: Kraaijenbrink et al (2021)

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Annual snowmelt in high-mountain Asia (percent change from present day
Percentage change in annual snowmelt volume compared to the present day – defined as the 1999-2019 average. Image: Kraaijenbrink et al (2021)
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