The largest basin, Tarim River Basin, has a large population (about 20 million people), along with the Hexi Corridor (5 million people). Life would not exist in these dry basins without snow/ice in the high mountains. Cryospheric changes in High Asia directly impacts sustainable development in the local and adjacent regions, along with potential socio-economic impacts on downstream regions.
In the last several years, within the framework of the IGBP synthesis, several conferences and workshops have been organised in China under the auspices of the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences (SKLCS).
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