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glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in Lemthang Tsho in Bhutan recommends regular monitoring of critical glacial lakes as a starting point for good risk management. The paper specifically recommends revisiting critical
With warming in the HKH being higher than the global average (ICIMOD, 2007), climate induced natural hazards are likely to be exacerbated, including severe glacial melting and the formation of glacial lakes and, GLOFs.
GLOF Risk Assessment in the HKH
In September 2015, Department of Hydro-Met Services (DHMS) engineer Tshering Wangchuk led an eight-member team of geologists, foresters, GIS technicians and hydrologists to the glacial lakes and villages of Lunana Gewog. Accompanied by ten helpers
There are about 2,070 glaciers and 1,062 glacial lakes. Since the 1940s, 9 of these lakes burst their unstable moraine in two Koshi sub-basins (Arun and Sun Koshi). This is a major concern for the inhabitants and infrastructure.
A field team was soon on its way, an example of the quick response to the needs of its regional member countries that ICIMOD is poised to provide. The scientific team, put together by the SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative and Cryosphere Monitoring
Mountain Legacy, a Nepal-based NGO, has announced that Peruvian engineer César Augusto Portocarrero Rodríguez will receive the 2017 Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal at the Hotel Tibet International in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, on 11 December
This five day training is jointly organized by SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya of ICIMOD in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan. The training is intended to build capacity of ICIMOD’s national partners in the region to map
ICIMOD shares results of glacial lakes studies
Study of a satellite image of Tsho Rolpa taken on 17 May – five days after the nearby magnitude 7.3 aftershock – by NASA’s EO-1 satellite, and more recently by the Japan/U.S. instrument ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and
glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF). This incident caused minimal damage downstream but other GLOFs can be catastrophic.
News - Cryosphere Initiative
A three-day training for Bhutanese partners on vulnerability assessment was conducted from 4 to 6 November 2015 at the Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) in Thimphu, Bhutan.
Regional cooperation key to sustaining eco-friendly development in the fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas
Key Achievements (SDIP I)
From 14 -17 June 2014, ICIMOD, in partnership with IMHE, organized a four-day field visit in the part of the Koshi River Basin shared by Nepal and China. The field visit was followed by a two-day KBP Partners’ Forum. The purpose of the visit was