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Initiative goal

A more resilient HKH cryosphere through research and monitoring, informed policy making, and community engagement

Regional Programme

River Basins and Cryosphere

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HKH Cryohub

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Programme Coordinator (Ad-Interim)

Our Focus

Spotlighting the cryosphere's importance

The cryosphere provides a range of goods and services for mountain communities – contributing to the HKH region’s life and economy. We assess this asset and act on its related issues: water resource management, scenarios of future water availability, and disaster risks.

Linkages between the cryosphere and society are complex. It is unclear how cryospheric changes will impact communities and infrastructures in the future. We push transformative strategies for integrated risk assessment and management to protect HKH communities and their livelihoods from cryosphere hazards such as glacial lake outburst floods, landslides, rockfalls, and ice and snow avalanches.

We have joined hands with our implementing partners in Nepal and Bhutan to establish a Cryosphere Monitoring Programme (CMP), thereby initiating sustainable cryosphere monitoring in the region.

We share data and knowledge on the region through our Regional Cryosphere Knowledge Hub and HKH CryoHub. We build the capacities of partners to monitor the cryosphere and develop practical solutions and policies to manage water resources and risk.

Objectives

Improve knowledge and understanding of the HKH cryosphere and the impacts of climate change on water resources and hazards

Build regional capacity for field-based observation and monitoring, remote sensing-based observations, and modelling of cryosphere and related processes in the region

Integrate traditional knowledge of high-mountain communities into scientific research and decision making

NEWS AND FEATURES

Around the HKH

For mountains and people

We have a deep history of work across a broad range of issues enabling sustainable development in the complex environment of the HKH. We have been protecting the pulse for over three decades.

Glofs

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

A Glacial Lake Outburst Flood, or GLOF, is sudden release of water from a lake fed by glacier melt that has formed at the side, in front, within, beneath, or on the surface of a glacier.

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Glaciers

Glaciers

There are an estimated 54,000 glaciers in the HKH. These glaciers cover 60,000 square kilometers and serve as a major source of the water in the region’s rivers, including as much as 40 percent in the Indus River system.

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Capacity building

Fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment

The Cryosphere Initiative works with its partners to strengthen the capacities of partner institutions in regional member countries and to co-produce knowledge.

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EVENTS AROUND THE HKH

Our involvement

Partners

The Cryosphere Initiative collaborates with different national and regional partners to study and protect the HKH cryosphere.

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Cryosphere

Media

Cryosphere in the news
Cryosphere in the news
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Cryosphere Publications

You will find publications produced or related to this Initiative in HimalDoc, our publications repository. These resources include journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials, among other products.

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Resources

Looking for datasets, applications, or publications on the HKH cryosphere?

Access cryosphere resources ranging from datasets and science applications to the latest Cryosphere Initiative publications

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HKH Cryohub

Benefit from a knowledge hub on the region's cryosphere

The collaborative HKH CryoHub is a platform to support knowledge generation and exchange, learning, and networking. It seeks to create better-connected practitioners and decision makers who can collaboratively craft policies relevant to the cryosphere in the HKH.

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