International Conference on 

Cryosphere of the Hindu Kush Himalaya: State of the Knowledge and Hindu Kush Himalayan Cryosphere Data Sharing Policy

13-16 May 2014
Kathmandu, Nepal


Changes in the cryosphere are key indicators of global warming and can impact downstream water availability and natural hazards in the river basins of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). To date, documentation and monitoring of the cryosphere of the HKH region has been fragmented, with a predominance of short-term measurements. In addition, the region is characterized by several distinct climatic regimes challenging cryosphere monitoring and glacio-hydrological measurements.



This event will primarily focus on coordination and knowledge sharing in the areas of:

  • glacier mass balance measurements in the HKH region;
  • satellite-based mapping of snow, ice, and permafrost extent in the HKH region;
  • glacio-hydrological measurements; and
  • modeling and knowledge in the region.