Seminar Abstract

Sarah Kapnick
Princeton University


The Great Divide: Why the Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains Show Different Hydroclimate Signals

Karakoram glaciers stand out as a region of mass gain or stability when compared to other glaciers across the Greater Himalaya Region that are shrinking. Due to the harsh and remote nature of this region, there are limited climate stations and long-term monitoring systems available to explore the mechanisms controlling these changes. A new high-resolution global climate model developed at the GFDL is used to explore hydroclimate change over this region. The high resolution allows us to capture hydroclimate signatures in distinct regions and elucidates meteorological mechanisms that might contribute to regional glacial trends.


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