Glacier Mass Balance Training Course


ICIMOD is organising a training programme on glacier mass balance measurements on Yala Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal, from 26 April to 13 May, 2012. The first three days of the training (26 - 28 April), will be held in Kathmandu, when theoretical aspects of glacier mass balance measurements, mountain safety and health risks will be taught. During the field based training (29 April - 13 May), site selection for mass balance measurements and measurement techniques for snow and ice are practiced and essential mountaineering techniques are taught. 

The programme aims at training researchers from the region to enhance their skills on glacier mass balance monitoring and to carry out field measurements for their national mass balance monitoring programmes. The ultimate objective of the training is to increase the network of glacier mass balance monitoring sites and to create an environment for knowledge exchange on glacier mass balance monitoring among the Hindu Kush Himalayan countries for the development of the regional cryosphere knowledge hub.