Deposition of atmospheric pollutant and their chemical characterization in snow pit profile at Dokriani Glacier, Central Himalaya Deposition of atmospheric pollutant and their chemical characterization in snow pit profile at Dokriani Glacier, Central Himalaya

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Vol15 No.10: 2236-2246

Title】Deposition of atmospheric pollutant and their chemical characterization in snow pit profile at Dokriani Glacier, Central Himalaya

Author】Shipika SUNDRIYAL1,2*; Tanuj SHUKLA1,3; Lekhendra TRIPATHEE4; Dwarika Prashad DOBHAL1; Sameer Kumar TIWARI5; Uday BHAN6

Addresses】1 Centre for Glaciology, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun-248001, Uttarakhand, India; 2 National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee-247667, Uttarakhand, India; 3 Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016, Uttar Pradesh, India; 4 State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou,730000 , China; 5 Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun-248001, Uttarakhand, India; 6 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Bidholi, Dehradun-248001, Uttarakhand, India

Corresponding author】Shipika SUNDRIYAL

Citation】Sundriyal S, Shukla T, Tripathee L, et al. (2018) Deposition of atmospheric pollutant and their chemical characterization in snow pit profile at Dokriani Glacier, Central Himalaya. Journal of Mountain Science 15(10). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-017-4817

DOI】https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-017-4817

Abstract】The uncertainty in assessing the numerous atmospheric pollutants transported via wind from arid and semi-arid regions is affecting the glacial ecosystem. In our study area due to the complexity of the system, a prominent seasonal difference noticed among major ions (Ca2+, Mg2+, SO42-, and NO3-). There is a need for understanding the ions cycling as a whole and the directionality of the feedback loops in the system. Therefore, we provide an appraisal of our current hypothesis for seasonal difference in major ion concentration from snow samples for two corresponding years (2013 and 2015) at Dokriani Glacier. A systematic study of chemical compositions in the shallow snow pit from Dokriani Glacier was undertaken for the pre-monsoon season to understand the cycling of major ions from atmosphere to solute acquisition process. The intimating connections of ions cycling in snow and its temporal behavior was observed and analyzed through various statistical tests. Among major ions, the SO42- has the highest concentration among anions on an average considered as 14.21% in 2013 and 29.46% in 2015. On the other side Ca2+ is the dominant cation contributing 28.22% in 2013 and 15.3% in 2015 on average. The average ratio of Na+/Cl- was higher in 2013 whereas lower in 2015. The backward trajectory analysis suggests the possible sources of the ions transported from Central Asia through the Western Disturbance (WD) as a prominent source of winter precipitation mainly in the Central Himalaya. Ionic concentration of Ca2+ in cations was highly dominated while in anion SO42- played the major role. Factor analysis and correlation matrix suggested that, the precipitation chemistry is mostly influenced by anthropogenic, crustal, and sea salt sources over the studied region. The elemental cycling through ocean, atmosphere and biosphere opens up new ways to understand the geochemical processes operating at the glacierized catchments of the Himalaya.  Moreover, increasing thefield-based studies in the coming decades would also have the certain advantage in overcoming the conceptual and computational geochemical modelling difficulties.

Keywords】Western disturbance; Central Himalaya; Factor analysis; Correlation analysis; Snow Stratigraphy; Atmospheric pollutants