As the Earth’s population has more than doubled in the past 50 years, the demand for water has exploded along with it.
Asia is home not only to the world’s most populous countries, but also to its most vast mountainous areas. Much of the continent’s water resources originate from seasonal snow, glaciers and permafrost in areas such as Tibet, Pamir, Tien Shan and the Himalayas.
Vladimir and Elena Aizen, a husband-and-wife research team in the University of Idaho Department of Geography, are experts in Earth’s high-mountain climate and glacier water resources. Their research has taken them around the world, but their primary focus area has been in Asia.