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Asia’s glaciers are a regionally important buffer against drought

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, May 2017
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9 news outlets
blogs
4 blogs
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350 tweeters
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5 Facebook pages
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1 Wikipedia page
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3 Google+ users

Citations

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187 Mendeley
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1 CiteULike
Title
Asia’s glaciers are a regionally important buffer against drought
Published in
Nature, May 2017
DOI 10.1038/nature22062
Pubmed ID
Authors

Hamish D. Pritchard

Abstract

The high mountains of Asia-encompassing the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Pamir Alai, Kunlun Shan, and Tian Shan mountains-have the highest concentration of glaciers globally, and 800 million people depend in part on meltwater from them. Water stress makes this region vulnerable economically and socially to drought, but glaciers are a uniquely drought-resilient source of water. Here I show that these glaciers provide summer meltwater to rivers and aquifers that is sufficient for the basic needs of 136 million people, or most of the annual municipal and industrial needs of Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. During drought summers, meltwater dominates water inputs to the upper Indus and Aral river basins. Uncertainties in mountain precipitation are poorly known, but, given the magnitude of this water supply, predicted glacier loss would add considerably to drought-related water stress. Such additional water stress increases the risk of social instability, conflict and sudden, uncontrolled population migrations triggered by water scarcity, which is already associated with the large and rapidly growing populations and hydro-economies of these basins.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Japan 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Unknown 180 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 56 30%
Researcher 41 22%
Unspecified 20 11%
Student > Master 14 7%
Student > Bachelor 13 7%
Other 43 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 80 43%
Environmental Science 38 20%
Unspecified 35 19%
Engineering 15 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 2%
Other 15 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 307. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 October 2019.
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#39,900
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#4,351
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Outputs of similar age
#1,874
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Outputs of similar age from Nature
#159
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