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Inundation risk from continued lake expansion on the Tibetan Plateau

Lakes on the Tibetan Plateau are projected to expand significantly, increasing in area by approximately 50% by 2100 under a low emissions scenario. This expansion will reshape the hydrological connectivity of the lake basins, and submerge a large number of roads, settlements, and ecological components.

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Fig. 1: Schematic diagram illustrating future lake development and impacts on the Tibetan Plateau.


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This is a summary of: Xu, F. et al. Widespread societal and ecological impacts from projected Tibetan Plateau lake expansion. Nat. Geosci. (2024).

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Inundation risk from continued lake expansion on the Tibetan Plateau. Nat. Geosci. 17, 491–492 (2024).

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