Glaciers on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to be monitored
Photo taken on May 21, 2003 shows only a few seracs on the East Rongbuk Glacier, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In recent years, glaciers on this plateau have been melting and shrinking fast as a result of the global warming. (Xinhua Photo)
A dynamic monitoring of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau's glaciers will begin later this year, according to southwest China's Qinghai Provincial Satellite Remote Sensing Center.
The center has set up a platform for the remote sensor of the typical largest glacier group on this plateau based on the data collected by the China's Meteorological FY-3 Satellite.
Xu Weixin, a senior engineer of the center, said that it is hard to know the whole situation and dynamic changes in the glaciers in such an area, because of the plateau's poor climatic conditions and high altitude above the sea level.
But it is an effective way to use satellite remote sensing technology to dynamically monitor the macro eco-environment and meteorological disasters, he added.
The monitoring results will provide accurate statistics for the government to learn about the changes in the plateau glaciers, like accumulation or shrinkage, so as to take protective measures in time, he said.
A dynamic monitoring of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau's glaciers will begin in 2009, according to southwest China's Qinghai Provincial Satellite Remote Sensing Center. (Xinhua Photo)Source: Xinhua