Please join us for a special presentation:
Climate Clues from the Silk Road to Shangri La: Uncovering links between
water and climate in Asia's deepest deserts and highest mountains
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Columbia Club | 15 W. 43rd St, NYC
Presentation 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Reception to follow
Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Aaron Putnam, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Geochemistry Research Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Nearly half of the world's population depends on water derived from glacier melt and rainfall in the highest of Asia's mountain ranges. And yet how these water resources will respond to ongoing climate change is uncertain. Clues unearthed from beneath the shifting sands of the deep Chinese deserts, as well as at the margins of receding glaciers in the high Bhutan Himalaya, afford insights into the relationships among climate, water and societal change in this key part of the planet. These clues from the past presage the fate of Asia's water resources in a warming world.
Freshly fallen snow mantling the peaks overlooking Thampe Chhu, Bhutan.
Photo credit: Aaron Putnam