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Call for applications: HUC – IHCAP Glacier Monitoring Training 2018

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Glacier mass balance, surface elevation, and area changes are Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) as defined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They are among the most important climate indicators from a science-policy communication perspective because glacier change is often visible and easily quantifiable, and as a result, more comprehensible to the general public. For this reason, glaciers have become iconic climate change indicators. Consistent long-term glacier monitoring programmes, however, are sparse in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has collaborated with partners to build capacity and establish glacier mass balance programmes in the HKH since 2011. The Universities of Fribourg and Zurich, Switzerland, maintain multiple monitoring programmes in the Alps. As a core competence, they have built capacity in Switzerland, and internationally with partners in India and several countries in the Andean and Central Asian region. ICIMOD carries out HUC–IHCAP Glacier Monitoring Training for students and young professionals from its regional member countries (RMCs) in collaboration with Swiss and Indian experts to promote sustainable and consistent monitoring programmes. The main objective of the training is to educate participants on glacier monitoring and its relevance and context in view of cryosphere and climate science, and to teach and practice international monitoring method standards.

The training consists of a theoretical section (Part I) for a larger group of participants (maximum 20) and a field-based section (Part II) for a smaller group (maximum 9).

Part I will provide participants information on international strategies and monitoring protocols for glacier monitoring, and understand their relevance, context, and theoretical background. Methods will be taught, instruments demonstrated, and exercises conducted to help participants analyse and understand global glacier monitoring parameters. Trainees will be introduced to the health, safety, and risk aspects of field work at remote, alpine, high-altitude sites, and given instruction on how to reduce risks and respond to them. Trainings on altitude-related illnesses and basic mountaineering techniques are high priority.

Part II will have participants learning how to conduct measurements and apply their theoretical knowledge in the field. Participants will practise basic mountaineering skills and experience the high-elevation alpine environment with its risks and challenges.


To apply:

Fill out the registration form and then online application form here, and attach:

  1. A short curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages), which includes
  • list of university degrees (when, where, thesis title, advisors)
  • detailed information on your background in glaciology (eg, relevant university level courses you have taken)
  • list of relevant academic positions
  • publications and presentations
  • any other relevant experience or information
  1. Letter of recommendation from you home institute

Submit your online application by 10 August 2018.

You will receive an automated confirmation email once the HUC Secretariat receives your application.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype between 16 and 23 August 2018. All applicants will be notified by email about the decision of the Selection Committee by 31 August 2018.

Click here for more information about the announcement.

Locations and dates

Theoretical training:

Duration:12–16 November 2018

Location: ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

Arrival: 11 November

Departure: 17 November

Field training:

Duration: 19 November–5 December 2018

Location: Yala Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal

Departure: 5 December in the evening / 6 December

Important Dates

10 August 2018: Application deadline

16–23 August 2018: Skype interviews of shortlisted applicants

31 August 2018: Announcement of selected participants

12–16 November 2018: Theoretical training at ICIMOD in Lalitpur, Nepal

19 November–5 December 2018: Field-based training at Yala Glacier in Langtang, Nepal

Eligible Countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan


For further information, please contact the Himalayan University Consortium secretariat at huc@icimod.org.

Photo: Alex Treadway/ICIMOD.

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