Arabian Journal of Geosciences

, Volume 4, Issue 7–8, pp 1087–1093 | Cite as

Is the recessional pattern of Himalayan glaciers suggestive of anthropogenically induced global warming?

  • Rameshwar BaliEmail author
  • K. K. Agarwal
  • Sheikh Nawaz Ali
  • Purnima Srivastava
Original Paper


Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report of 2001, a hype regarding the future of Himalayan glaciers, flooding of Indo-Gangetic plains and coastal areas and drying of glacially fed rivers has been created. However, the recent studies of some of the Himalayan glaciers indicate that the rate of recession of most of the glaciers in general is on decline. These observations are in contradiction to the widely popularized concept of anthropogenically induced global warming. It is believed that the rise of temperature of around 0.6°C since mid-nineteenth century is a part of decadal to centennial-scale climatic fluctuations that have been taking place on this Earth for the past few thousands of years.


Himalayan glaciers Glacial recession Global warming Climatic fluctuations 

هو نمط من الانهار الجليدية بمنطقة الهيمالايا recessional موحية لظاهرة الاحتباس الحراري الاصطناعية؟

الخلاصة : بعد الفريق الحكومي الدولي المعني بتغير المناخ) تقرير عام 2001 ، والضجيج فيما يتعلق بمستقبل الأنهار الجليدية في جبال الهيمالايا ، وا لفيضانات في سهول الغانج بين الهند ووالمناطق الساحلية و تم إنشاء جفاف الأنهار تغذية جليدي. ومع ذلك ، فإن الدراسات التي أجريت مؤخرا لبعض من جبال الهيمالايا الأنهار الجليدية تشير إلى أن معدل الركود الاقتصادي لمعظم الأنهار الجليدية في العام هو في انخفاض. هؤلاء الملاحظات هي في تناقض وشعبية على نطاق واسع مفهوم الاصطناعية الاحترار العالمي. ويعتقد أن ارتفاع درجة الحرارة نحو 0.60 درجة مئوية منذ منتصف التاسع عشر القرن هو جزء من العقود للتقلبات المناخية المئوية النطاق التي طرأت على هذا الأرض لآلاف القليلة الماضية من السنين.



The authors are thankful to the Head, Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, Lucknow University for providing infrastructural facilities. Grant from Department of Science and Technology (DST) Project No. ESS/91/29/2004 is thankfully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rameshwar Bali
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. K. Agarwal
    • 1
  • Sheikh Nawaz Ali
    • 1
  • Purnima Srivastava
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, Lucknow UniversityLucknowIndia

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