Annual Report 2015: Knowledge generation and use

Himalayan Water Atlas Compiles Research on Climate Change and Water Issues

How is climate change impacting water resources in the Himalayas? That’s a big question, and now there’s a comprehensive atlas that policy makers and practitioners can turn to for answers and information.

The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas is the first publication of its kind, a thorough look at issues, trends, and projections in five of the region’s major river basins: the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Salween, and Mekong.

With nearly 100 pages of maps, graphs, analyses, and policy recommendations, it’s essentially a one-stop guide to the issues. Synthesizing recent research in climate science, it covers trends such as changes in temperature, precipitation, glacial melt, and extreme events, addressing issues basin by basin and including the best available projections. 

The Atlas was launched in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), garnering extensive media coverage. Countryspecific information will be extracted and shared with individual countries for targeted impact.