Importance of snow and glacier meltwater for agriculture on the Indo-Gangetic Plain

  title={Importance of snow and glacier meltwater for agriculture on the Indo-Gangetic Plain},
  author={Hester Biemans and Christian Siderius and Arthur F. Lutz and Santosh Nepal and Bashir Ahmad and T. Hassan and Werner von Bloh and Ren{\'e} R Wijngaard and Philippus Wester and Arun Bhakta Shrestha and Walter W. Immerzeel},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
  pages={594 - 601}
Densely populated floodplains downstream of Asia’s mountain ranges depend heavily on mountain water resources, in particular for irrigation. An intensive and complex multi-cropping irrigated agricultural system has developed here to optimize the use of these mountain water resources in conjunction with monsoonal rainfall. Snow and glacier melt thereby modulate the seasonal pattern of river flows and, together with groundwater, provide water when rainfall is scarce. Climate change is expected to… Expand

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