Training on remote sensing-based monitoring and assessment


An in-house training on remote sensing-based monitoring and assessment of cryosphere (snow and glaciers) was organized by ICIMOD from 16 through 20 September 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The training was organized within the framework of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Cryosphere Monitoring Project (CMP) supported by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The main objective of the training was to impart knowledge and skills in utilizing remote sensing techniques for mapping, monitoring, and assessment of snow and glaciers to the Nepalese partner institutes of CMP. 

The 13 participants included five students and two teachers of Kathmandu University, two teachers of Tribhuvan University, two hydrologist engineers from Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Government of Nepal, one engineer from Water and Energy Commission Secretariat, Government of Nepal, and one ICIMOD staff. 

The training provided an opportunity for capacity building of students, teachers, and government professionals in a single platform. Following the training, the participants gained knowledge and skills on remote sensing tools and techniques for snow cover assessment and glacier mapping and monitoring. 

According to participants, the training also helped foster better understanding of the status of snow and glaciers in ICIMOD member countries. It is hoped that such trainings would further facilitate joint actions and plans to monitor and assess the glaciers in the HKH region.