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We worked with Tribhuvan University to organize the “Cryosphere Forum 2021: Status of research on changing permafrost and associated impacts in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” – an event focused on state-of-the-art knowledge about permafrost research in the HKH region. This conference – held on 20–23 September 2021 – brought together over 200 scientists and early […]
Dispatches from the Cryosphere: Intimate Encounters with the Intricate and Disappearing Ice of Everest Base Camp
The review brings the much needed discussion on cryosphere services and their importance to the spotlight. The high-mountain societies that live in the vicinity (within approximately 30 km) of glaciers, ice, snow, permafrost, and glacier lakes are often directly dependent on the cryosphere for their livelihoods and affected by cryosphere-related hazards. The knowledge about the […]
In collaboration with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), Tribhuvan University (TU), and Kathmandu University (KU), ICIMOD started a cryosphere monitoring programme in Nepal (CMP-N) in 2011 for long-term cryosphere research and monitoring. The CMP-N’s goal is to address the widening cryosphere data gap in the region, […]
Kjetil Melvold, researcher at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), presented his ongoing research on sub-grid snow distribution (i.e., a part of the grid covered by snow) and methods of parameterizing this in large-scale snow models. Melvold was visiting ICIMOD as one of the major contributors to the Snow Accumulation and Melt Process […]
Over 50 cryosphere researchers attended the conference. Participants aimed to develop a policy framework where scientific research might help develop mitigation and adaptation strategies to address societal needs. The eight point declaration recommended better assessments of water security, improved access to scientific information for actors such as farmers and hydropower companies, exploring state-of-the art techniques […]