Changes in rongbuk Lake and Imja lake in the everest region of Himalaya

W. Chen, T. Doko, C. Liu, Tomohiro Ichinose, H. Fukui, Q. Feng, P. Gou

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Abstract

The Himalaya holds the world record in terms of range and elevation. It is one of the most extensively glacierized regions in the world except the Polar Regions. The Himalaya is a region sensitive to climate change. Changes in the glacial regime are indicators of global climate changes. Since the second half of the last century, most Himalayan glaciers have melted due to climate change. These changes directly affected the changes of glacial lakes in the Himalayan region due to the glacier retreat. New glacial lakes are formed, and a number of them have expanded in the Everest region of the Himalayas. This paper focuses on the two glacial lakes which are Imja Lake, located at the southern slope, and Rongbuk Lake, located at the northern slope in the Mt. Everest region, Himalaya to present the spatio-temporal changes from 1976 to 2008. Topographical conditions between two lakes were different (Kruskal-Wallis test, p < 0.05). Rongbuk Lake was located at 623 m higher than Imja Lake, and radiation of Rongbuk Lake was higher than the Imja Lake. Although size of Imja Lake was larger than the Rongbuk Lake in 2008, the growth speed of Rongbuk Lake was accelerating since 2000 and exceeds Imja Lake in 2000-2008. This trend of expansion of Rongbuk Lake is anticipated to be continued in the 21st century. Rongbuk Lake would be the biggest potential risk of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) at the Everest region of Himalaya in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
PublisherInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Pages259-266
Number of pages8
Volume40
Edition2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventISPRS Technical Commission II Midterm Symposium 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2014 Oct 62014 Oct 8

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OtherISPRS Technical Commission II Midterm Symposium 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period14/10/614/10/8

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Keywords

  • Change detection
  • Climate
  • Geography
  • Glaciology
  • Hydrology
  • Spatial
  • Temporal

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Chen, W., Doko, T., Liu, C., Ichinose, T., Fukui, H., Feng, Q., & Gou, P. (2014). Changes in rongbuk Lake and Imja lake in the everest region of Himalaya. In International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives (2 ed., Vol. 40, pp. 259-266). International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-2-259-2014

Changes in rongbuk Lake and Imja lake in the everest region of Himalaya. / Chen, W.; Doko, T.; Liu, C.; Ichinose, Tomohiro; Fukui, H.; Feng, Q.; Gou, P.

International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. Vol. 40 2. ed. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2014. p. 259-266.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chen, W, Doko, T, Liu, C, Ichinose, T, Fukui, H, Feng, Q & Gou, P 2014, Changes in rongbuk Lake and Imja lake in the everest region of Himalaya. in International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. 2 edn, vol. 40, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 259-266, ISPRS Technical Commission II Midterm Symposium 2014, Toronto, Canada, 14/10/6. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-2-259-2014
Chen W, Doko T, Liu C, Ichinose T, Fukui H, Feng Q et al. Changes in rongbuk Lake and Imja lake in the everest region of Himalaya. In International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. 2 ed. Vol. 40. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 2014. p. 259-266 https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-2-259-2014
Chen, W. ; Doko, T. ; Liu, C. ; Ichinose, Tomohiro ; Fukui, H. ; Feng, Q. ; Gou, P. / Changes in rongbuk Lake and Imja lake in the everest region of Himalaya. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives. Vol. 40 2. ed. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2014. pp. 259-266
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