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Hydro-climatological variability in the Upper Indus Basin and implications for water resources

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Hayley Fowler, David Archer


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The mountainous region of the Upper Indus Basin is a critical source of water for Pakistan. Most flow in the upper Indus is derived from melting snow and glaciers and summer runoff is strongly correlated to winter precipitation and summer temperature, though links may operate in opposing directions in glacier-fed and snow-fed hydrological regimes. From 1961 to 1999 there were significant increases in winter, summer and annual precipitation and significant warming occurred in winter whilst summer showed a cooling trend. These trends will impact upon water resource availability. Relationships between climatic variability and large-scale climatic processes may be used to increase forecasting lag time for water resources.

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Author(s): Fowler H, Archer D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International symposium on regional hydrological impacts of climatic variability and change with an emphasis on less developed countries

Year of Conference: 2005

Pages: 131-138

ISSN: 0144-7815

Publisher: IAHS-AISH

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ISBN: 1901502082