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ICIMOD is pleased to announce a ground-breaking journal article “Assessment of permafrost distribution maps in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region using rock glaciers mapped in Google Earth” published in the prestigious journal The Cryosphere.

many people live near permafrost or in areas potentially affected by changes in permafrost. permafrost is ground material at or below 0°C for two or more years. The near-surface layer above it thaws during the warm

the mountains, permafrost stabilizes rock slopes, moraines and debris-covered slopes. For instance, moraines consist of loose sediment often held together by permafrost. When permafrost thaws, slopes become more vulnerable to erosion. Debris and

from the Permafrost Special Project at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have reviewed existing knowledge on Permafrost in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), and explored what we can learn from other areas

of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, people live near permafrost or in areas potentially affected by changes in permafrost. permafrost is ground material (rock or soil) at or below 0 degrees C for two or more years. The surface layer

many people live near permafrost or in areas potentially affected by changes in permafrost. permafrost is ground material at or below 0°C for two or more years. The near-surface layer above it thaws during the warm

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) through its Cryosphere Initiative co-organised the International Conference on Mountain and Climate Change: Resources, Challenges and Opportunities for Better Life and Livelihoods

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) through its Cryosphere Initiative was a co-organizer for the international conference on ‘Mountains and Climate Change: Resources, Challenges & Opportunities for Better Life &


Forests cover around a quarter of the Hindu Kush Himalayas. They’re an integral part of the transboundary landscape, connecting numerous ecosystems and conserving biodiversity, sustaining livelihoods, providing timber and other resources and



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