Improving Environmental Projections in the High Mountains of Northern Eurasia: International Workshop on the Northern Eurasia High Mountain Ecosystems; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 9–13 September 2009
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 90, Issue 50, page 485, 15 December 2009
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2009), Improving Environmental Projections in the High Mountains of Northern Eurasia: International Workshop on the Northern Eurasia High Mountain Ecosystems; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 9–13 September 2009, Eos Trans. AGU, 90(50), 485–485, doi:10.1029/2009EO500006., and (
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- environmental changes;
- high elevation
The northern Eurasia high mountains, particularly in dry regions of Central Asia, are critically important because they are the source of the water supply for the densely populated lowlands. These regions are highly vulnerable to climatic and environmental changes. Global warming, current and future expected retreat of seasonal snow cover and glaciers, and changes in precipitation pattern and type significantly affect river runoff, permafrost, and groundwater. Moreover, the majority of mountain regions in northern Eurasia are characterized by growing anthropogenic pressure that causes harmful feedback, including desertification of lowlands; wind erosion; contamination of the atmosphere, surface waters, and groundwaters; reduction in crop yield; and increasing human mortality rates.