Date: July - December 2020
Sonam Lhamo is an Executive Geologist with the Cryosphere Services Division, National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan. Lhamo is also a mother and a passionate environmentalist. She is currently one of the very few women actively involved in cryosphere fieldwork in Bhutan.
In this interview, Lhamo talks about climate change impacts on glaciers and the need to encourage more Bhutanese students, particularly women, to consider a career in glaciology.
A small team of researchers from ICIMOD and the French National Research Institute (IRD), completed the annual field expedition to research sites in the Everest region from 14 November to 14 December 2020.
Despite many challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the team was able to complete the expedition to Mera, Pokalde and Changri Nup glaciers. Field work in the Himalayas is always challenging and requires months of careful planning. Given the restrictions due to the pandemic, this was more difficult than other expeditions in the past.
This photo story follows one of our team members, Arbindra Khadka in one of his most challenging expeditions so far.