(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Changes of the hydrological cycle in two typical Chinese monsoonal temperate glacier basins : A response to global warming?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PANG H. (1) ; LI Z. (2 3) ; THEAKSTONE W.H. (4) ;
(1) Key Lab. of Coast and Island Development, School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Univ., Nanjing, CHINE
(2) Gansu Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering Research Center/Alashan desert Eco-Hydrology Experimental Research Station, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Inst., CAS, Lanzhou, CHINE
(3) Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINE
(4) School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Manchester, ROYAUME-UNI


Studying the response to warming of hydrological systems in China’s temperate glacier region is essential in order to provide information required for sustainable development. The results indicated the warming climate has had an impact on the hydrological cycle. As the glacier area subject to melting has increased and the ablation season has become longer, the contribution of meltwater to annual river discharge has increased. Seasonal runoff variations are dominated by snow and glacier melt, and an increase of meltwater has resulted in changes of the annual water cycle in the Lijiang Basin and Hailuogou Basin. The increase amplitude of runoff in the downstream region of the glacial area is much stronger than that of precipitation, resulting from the prominent increase of meltwater from glacier region in the 2 basins.


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of geographical sciences. Acta geographica sinica / ISSN 1009-637X

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2012, vol. 22, no5 [pp. 771-780]

Bibliographic references : 41 ref.

Collation : 6 fig., 2 tabl.



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