ISRO study results issue warning for drinking water problem in Himalayan states...

ISRO study results issue warning for drinking water problem in Himalayan states in India

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Scientists in India studying the Himalayan glaciers using remote sensing techniques have a warning to give. The states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Sikkim will face acute shortage of natural drinking water in the future. They attribute this to the continuous melting of glaciers mainly due to global warming. Scientists of Space Application Centre (SAC), ISRO, in India who conducted a study on ‘‘Estimation of Recent Glacial variation in Baspa basin using remote sensing technique’’, have detected this change. The study has concluded that the hilly regions will face a crisis of water and so the experts have advised that the government will have to find a solution soon. The study, which has found that all glaciers are reducing at a very fast pace, says the economy of the region may be affected due to these conditions. Images of Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite were used to monitor the glaciers of the Baspa, Beas and Parvati basins. The experts mapped 30 glaciers, where an overall loss of 23 per cent of glacial water was detected between 1962 and 2001.