Moving forward on glacial retreat



[1] Second Third Pole Environment (TPE) Workshop; Kathmandu, Nepal, 26–28 October 2010; The Tibetan Plateau and its surrounding mountain ranges, called the “Third Pole” because it contains the largest ice fields outside of Antarctica and Greenland, is a critical geographical area for understanding the effects of climate change and unraveling the mysteries of global climate patterns and interactions. The uniqueness of this region lies not only in its high elevation but also in its location at the confluence of interacting environmental systems. The state of the region's biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and cryosphere affects a considerable portion of the world's population, principally the inhabitants of South Asia and East Asia, whose future economic and social development depends upon Third Pole resources, especially water.