Two-hundred and forty scientists from 26 countries came to Kathmandu in March to share the latest findings on glaciers and glacier change during the first symposium of the International Glaciological Society (IGS) to be held in Nepal. Hosted by ICIMOD, the sixday gathering helped to fill knowledge gaps about glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, where the mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayas contain the greatest concentration of glacier ice outside the polar regions.
Topics in the forum included advances in measurements, modelling, and interpretation of glaciological and cryospheric changes in the high mountains of Asia. The IGS brings global experts together several times a year to share knowledge of glaciers in different regions. Results from the symposium are published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Glaciology .
“Glaciers in high mountain Asia are the highest on earth, and we have built a strong foundation for future research through this symposium“
Doug MacAyeal, president of the International Glaciological Society