Scientists in Sweden help Indian farmers with artificial glaciers

Researchers in Sweden are helping farmers from Northern India irrigate their crops by using meltwater from artificial glaciers. In this picture, a drop of water falls off an iceberg melting in Greenland. (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Researchers in Sweden are providing their expertise in snow and ice to help farmers in a remote part of northern India irrigate their crops in springtime using meltwater from artificial glaciers.

Anshuman Bhardwaj, a researcher in Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, tells Radio Sweden how they are involved in a project in his native India which uses water taken and stored from the shrinking natural glaciers in Ladakh to build 20 metre high ‘ice stupas’ to help farmers who rely on meltwater to grow their crops.

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David Russell, Radio Sweden

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