|Research on Himalayan Glaciers
A number of glaciers
have been taken up for monitoring studies in the different
parts of Indian Himalaya by several Government agencies like
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun, Geological
Survey of India (GSI), Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment
(SASE), Chandigarh etsc.
The research on Himalayan glaciers shows that most of the
Himalayan glaciers are receding gradually due to the orographic
and climatic variability. A number of weather stations have
been set up to collect real time weather observations at different
altitudes in the glacier areas of the Himalaya to assess and
evaluate the climate change.
The amount spent for research on Himalayan Glaciers during
the last three years is given below :
- 2004-2005 : Rs. 1,11,10,689/-
- 2005-2006 : Rs. 74,48,000/-
- 2006-2007 : Rs. 1,16,00,000/-
- 2007-2008 : Rs. 2,21,40,000/-
The Himalayan Glaciology is a continuing programme
of Department of Science & Technology. In addition to
the need of funds for on-going activities, the Department
of Science & technology (DST) is in the process of establishing
a National Centre for Himalayan Glaciology as well as few
Regional Centres for Himalayan Glaciology. Accordingly, DST
proposed to increase the budget estimate for Himalayan Glaciology
Programme during the 11th Five Year Plan.
This information was given by the Union Minister
of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Kapil
Sibal in the Lok sabha today.
Source : Press Information
Date : November 23, 2007