Field work and training in Langtang

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Fourteen participants from Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan joined international experts in a theoretical and field-based training on “Glacier Hydrological Monitoring and Assessments” from 21 April to 12 May 2014 in Nepal.

The training program, funded by the Regional Office of Science and Technology of South Asia (REOSA) of the United States Embassy at Kathmandu and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Embassy at Kathmandu, brought together early-career researchers from the region to share and discuss the science and the implementation of glacier hydrological monitoring.  

Photo credit: Joseph Shea/ICIMOD


Five days of lecture-based training and preparation in Kathmandu were followed by an intensive two-week visit to Langtang Valley, where the participants were actively engaged in the research supported by the ICIMOD Cryosphere Monitoring Project. Participants experienced first-hand the challenges and rewards of high-altitude fieldwork, and contributed to research on:

  • Automatic weather station installation and maintenance
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) glacier surveys
  • Debris-covered glacier melt processes
  • Glacier mass balance measurements

Resource persons for the training included Dr Joseph SheaDr Dorothea Stumm, and Dr Patrick Wagnon of ICIMOD, Dr Francesca Pellicciotti of ETH Zurich, and Dr Walter Immerzeel of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Photo credit: Joseph Shea/ICIMOD