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15 Feb 07
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New Delhi - 11 Feb 07 - Some glacial experts have questioned the
alarmists theory on global warming leading to shrinkage of Himalayan
glaciers. VK Raina, a leading glaciologist and former ADG of GSI is one
However, Dr RK Pachouri, Chairman, Inter-Governmental Panel of
Climatic Change said it’s recently released fourth assessment report
has recorded increased glacier retreat since the 1980s.
"Claims of global warming causing glacial melt in the Himalayas are based on wrong assumptions," said Raina, a trained mountaineer and skiing expert.
There are only about a dozen scientists working on glaciers in India under the aegis of the Geological Society of India. How can one talk about the state of glaciers when not much research is being done on the ground, he wondered.
In fact, it is difficult to ascertain the exact state of Himalayan
glaciers as these are very dusty as compared to the ones in Alaska and
the Alps. The present presumptions are based on the cosmatic study of
the glacier surfaces.
His views were echoed by Dr RK Ganjoo, Director, Regional Centre for Field Operations and Research on Himalayan Glaciology, who is supervising study of glaciers in Ladakh region including one in the Siachen area. He also maintained that nothing abnormal has been found in any of the Himalyan glaciers studied so far by him.
Another leading geologist MN Koul of Jammu University, who is actively engaged in studying glacier dynamics in J&K and Himachal holds similar views. Referring to his research on Kol glacier ( Paddar, J&K) and Naradu (HP), he said both the glaciers have not changed much in the past two decades.
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