Title

Climate Change and Water Security of Southeast Asia

Date

5-26-2016 11:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Geography

Session Chair

Mark M. Van Steeter

Session Title

Geography: Climate Change

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mark Van Steeter

Abstract

Nearly 1.3 billion people rely on seasonal meltwater from Himalayan Glaciers. They provide irrigation for agriculture, hydroelecticy, and basic drinking water for southeast Asia. Compounding water scarcity, the populaton of this region is growing rapidly. The objective of this work is to determine future implications of the unprecedented glacial melting and the impact on water security for over a billion people. Using remote sensing technology such as climate recovery satellites and looking at total water usage, predictions of future challenges can be made. Many regions of southeast asia are extremely vulnerable to changes in meltwater. Political instability and poor infrastructure make this region vulnerable to catastrophic consequences given water shortages.

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May 26th, 11:00 AM May 26th, 1:00 PM

Climate Change and Water Security of Southeast Asia

WUC Pacific Room

Nearly 1.3 billion people rely on seasonal meltwater from Himalayan Glaciers. They provide irrigation for agriculture, hydroelecticy, and basic drinking water for southeast Asia. Compounding water scarcity, the populaton of this region is growing rapidly. The objective of this work is to determine future implications of the unprecedented glacial melting and the impact on water security for over a billion people. Using remote sensing technology such as climate recovery satellites and looking at total water usage, predictions of future challenges can be made. Many regions of southeast asia are extremely vulnerable to changes in meltwater. Political instability and poor infrastructure make this region vulnerable to catastrophic consequences given water shortages.