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Remote Sensing based assessment of glacial lake growth on Milam glacier, Goriganga basin, Kumaon Himalaya

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The climate change of the twentieth century had an evident effect on glacier environments of the Himalaya. Temporal images of Indian Remote Sensing satellites provide an opportunity to monitor the recession of glacier and development of glacial lakes in the Himalayan cryosphere with a cost to time benefit ratio. The recession of Milam glacier and subsequent growth of a proglacial lake near the snout was analysed using Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2 data. The recession of 480 m during 2004 to 2011 and growth of 47 epiglacial ponds over Milam glacier shows the glacier is in a state of imbalance and losing the ice by downwasting.

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Babu Govindha Raj, K., Vinod Kumar, K., Mishra, R. et al. Remote Sensing based assessment of glacial lake growth on Milam glacier, Goriganga basin, Kumaon Himalaya. J Geol Soc India 83, 385–392 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12594-014-0055-9

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Keywords

  • Proglacial lake
  • Epiglacial lakes
  • Milam glacier
  • Kumaon Himalaya