Climate change is making it tougher, especially for women, to live in the Miyar valley in the high Himalayas
Located in the North Western tip of Himachal Pradesh, the Miyar valley is part of the dry Tibetan plateau. It’s an oasis in this cold desert, thanks to the Menthosa glacier. But it’s an oasis under threat, as the time of year when the glacier melt is at the maximum has been disturbed by climate change.
A team from the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University has been studying the effects of climate change in this remote region, as part of the Inter University Consortium on Cryosphere and Climate Change (IUCCC) for the project Himalayan Cryosphere and Climate Change: Science and Society, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The author, a part of the team, clicked these photographs during a recent visit in connection with the study.
Sucharita Sen is Executive Director of the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies and a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Views are personal.