In the Himalaya, large areas are covered by glaciers and seasonal snow. They are
an important source of water for the Himalayan rivers.In this article, observed changes
in glacial extent and mass balance have been discussed.
On 27 September 2013, the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) from Working Group I of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that deals with the physical
science basis for climate change was released.
Himalayan glaciers are being extensively debated in scientific and public forums,
as changes in their distribution can significantly affect the availability of water
in many rivers originating in the region.