Understanding climate- and land cover- induced changes in the hydrological resources in western Himalayas

Traditional hydrological resources, like melt from perennial snows, aquifers and spring waters, are of great importance to hill communities because surface runoff from these regions during precipitation events is very large. Hence water availability is not the same in hills as it is in plain regions.
A major way of monitoring and understanding changes in these water resources is by in-situ instrumentation, data collection and long time hydrological and climate monitoring.
With the above aim, we are conducting field instrumentation and data collection in two regions of the Uttarakhand Himalayas – Valley of the Takoli river in district Tehri of Uttarakhand and near the village of Nathuakhan in district Nainital of Uttarakhand.
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