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Uploaded on Thursday 01 Mar 2012
Selected impacts of climate change in the Caspian basin
Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Several severe droughts have affected various parts of the
region in recent years. They seem to confirm scientific
models, which, in addition to higher mean temperatures,
generally predict more extreme weather events. Droughts
affect both crop production and the health of livestock.
But the availability of freshwater, on which many sectors
of the economy – and human well-being – depend, is
also linked to more remote climatic processes. If glaciers
in the Caucasus and Elburz mountains recede and the
periods of snow cover become shorter, as has been the
case in recent years, less water will be available for use in
irrigation and homes.