Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Heather K. Michon
TAJIKISTAN IS LOCATED in Central Asia, east of China, It is a landlocked country dominated by the Pamir and Alay mountain ranges, with the highest peak being over 7,200 m. (23,600 ft.) high. The valley floors are considered a continental climate zone, whereas the mountains range from semiarid to polar. Climate change has begun to affect the lives of many of the country's seven million residents, particularly those who live in the mountain zones. According to modeling scenarios published by the government, Tajikistan should see an average temperature increase of 3,2–5,2 degrees F (1,8–2,9 degrees C) by the year 2050, Mean monthly temperature increases varied within the models, but at ...