Glacial Lake Atlas of Ganga Basin
The Glacial Lake Atlas of Ganga Basin was released by the Ministry of Jal Shakti recently. It analyses changes in water bodies in the Himalayan regions over a period, which can then be used for studying the impacts of climate change and for pre-planning the disaster response. Around 4,000 glacial lakes have been mapped in the Ganga River basin, with the aggregate lake water covering an area of 20,685 hectares.
The atlas is currently available on Bhuvan portal of ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). It provides latest information on the expansion or shrinkage of glacial lakes. It also monitors the addition of new lakes during a particular period of time.
Written by IAS POINT