Chu-Talas poster

The transboundary Chu and Talas Rivers, with total annual discharge of some 8 km3, originate in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The main water source is seasonal snowpack but glacial melt also contributes importantly to the flow. Exposure to climate-induced extreme events, dependence on natural resources and low adaptive capacity all make the region vulnerable to climatic variability and change. Using a common approach for the Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan parts of the basins, scientists analysed the observed long-term trends, variability and projections of future climateand hydrology of the Chu and Talas river basins, and then elaborated the historical, current and forecast demands and main uses of water in the basins.