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The April 2015 earthquake had far reaching impacts in the HKH region. Although the epicentre was north-west of Kathmandu, Nepal, in the Tibet Autonomous Region
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
ICIMOD shares results of glacial lakes studies
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.
its embankment creating a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF). This incident caused minimal damage downstream but other GLOFs can be catastrophic.
Quest to unravel the cause of the Seti flash flood, 5 May 2012
GLOF Risk Assessment in the HKH
News - Cryosphere Initiative
A training course titled “Application of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Mapping and Monitoring of Glaciers” was organized in Afghanistan from 14-18 January 2017. The training was organized in response to the
Flash flood in Nepal causes loss of life and property
New Reports Identify Impacts of Climate Change on World’s Highest Mountains
Frequently Asked Questions - resource on basic terminologies related to cryosphere.
Regional cooperation key to sustaining eco-friendly development in the fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas
In the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, 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
The way up to Rikha Samba is steep. Occasionally we encounter snow showers crossing over windy high passes, but always in high spirit.
A project along the China-Nepal border aims to reduce the risk of disaster and to become an example of cross-border cooperation