Connecting Space to Village: Monitoring Glacier Change and Hazards from Above and the Real World Implications on the Ground

Organizers: NASA and ICIMOD

Date: 11 December 2014

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Place: The USA Pavilion, Zone F

As a consequence of climate change, threats such as glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) are becoming more frequent and posing increased risks to mountain communities.  Increased glacier melt is also a concern to future water availability, both locally and regionally. NASA has partnered with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), which is examining the changes in glaciers and glacial lakes in different basins in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region and potential impacts on towns and cities within the region. This side session will discuss different activities from NASA’s portfolio related to glacier change and hazards, as well as ICIMOD’s activities using satellite and field-based information. This side session will also provide current and relevant examples from the field in Nepal based on research occurring through an ongoing NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team project.