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Summary and Conclusions: Toward a Multidisciplinary Understanding of Tropical High Mountains in Africa

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In this book, the actual situation of glacier shrinkage of Mount Kenya due to global warming, rainfall and snowfall as inputs to the water resources of Mount Kenya and the surrounding areas are studied and discussed. The study also elucidated the impact of changes in the water environment due to glacier shrinkage on the awareness of the people living at the foot of the mountain, which is an arid region, and the wisdom and measures of the local people to cope with such changes. The relationship between soil formation processes and environmental factors on the shrinking glacier front was analyzed. The advance of plant distribution with the retreat of Tyndall glacier was reviewed, and the growth process and distribution of large rosette plants were discussed. In addition, we discussed examples of water resource management in response to climate change in other parts of East Africa, and the factors that influence their sustainable use and management. In summary, the impact of glacier shrinkage on the natural environment and local communities, particularly on the surrounding ecosystem and water environment, is discussed and the challenges for future research on Mount Kenya are presented.

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  • Glaciers
  • Climate change
  • Nature
  • Society
  • Water resource
  • High tropical mountains

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Mizuno, K., Otani, Y. (2022). Summary and Conclusions: Toward a Multidisciplinary Understanding of Tropical High Mountains in Africa. In: Mizuno, K., Otani, Y. (eds) Glaciers, Nature, Water, and Local Community in Mount Kenya. International Perspectives in Geography, vol 17. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-7853-0_10

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