Articles | Volume 19, issue 11
Research article
26 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 26 Nov 2015

Reconciling high-altitude precipitation in the upper Indus basin with glacier mass balances and runoff

W. W. Immerzeel, N. Wanders, A. F. Lutz, J. M. Shea, and M. F. P. Bierkens


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The water resources of the upper Indus river basin (UIB) are important for millions of people, yet little is known about the rain and snow fall in the high-altitude regions because of the inaccessibility, the climatic complexity and the lack of observations. In this study we use mass balance of glaciers to reconstruct the amount of precipitation in the UIB and we conclude that this amount is much higher than previously thought.