India, June 30 -- Climate change is having a discernible impact on glaciers in the western Himalayan region, studies by Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) glaciology unit in the School of Environmental Sciences has found.

The results of their long-term monitoring of two glaciers, based on observational data and modelling exercises, in Himachal Pradesh (HP) and the Union Territory of Ladakh, have found that in the first decade of the new millennium glacier mass loss was significantly higher than in the late 20th century.

While the glaciers will not disappear in the coming decades, the authors of the studies said, negative mass balance -- the net change in its mass over a balance year or fixed year -- of these slowly moving giant mass of...