To set the stage of this special issue this paper gives a short introduction to the sensitivity to climate change of the main bio-physical processes in the Hindukush–Karakoram–Himalayas. It also describes the socio-economic setting of the Ganges basin in northern India as the main focal point of the impact and adaptation studies in this special issue.
Moors, E. J., & Stoffel, M. (2013). Changing monsoon patterns, snow and glacial melt, its impacts and adaptation options in northern India: Setting the stage. Science of the Total Environment, 468-469(Suppl.), S1-S3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.10.033