ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu
30 August 2023
We are organising a one-day seminar on building the regional capacity for effective observations of changes in permafrost for increasing readiness and effective response to permafrost-related risks. We have invited participants from our key partners in Nepal – Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan University and the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.
Participants will learn about micro-weather stations, climate data, field-based permafrost observations, and permafrost modelling. As a follow-up to the seminar, a field campaign to Humla District is scheduled from 5 to 18 September 2023.
The field expedition will be comprised of experts from ICIMOD and our partner Tribhuvan University. The team will visit different permafrost sites in Limi Valley in Humla District to learn about how permafrost is affected by climate change and its consequences for ecosystems and livelihoods. Participants will also interact with members of local communities to inform them about the purpose of the field activities and preliminary results from instruments installed by the Cryosphere Intervention team members in 2021 and 2022.
Permafrost is ground that remains frozen for at least two years in a row. It is found in cold regions around the world, including mountain regions of the HKH. Permafrost thawing is a major concern because it can lead to a number of problems: mass wasting events, changes in ecosystems and hydrology, and damage to infrastructure. Regular monitoring of permafrost areas is essential to detect changes in permafrost regimes and to mitigate the risks associated with permafrost thawing. New technologies are being developed that can improve our ability to monitor permafrost. These technologies can be used to collect more detailed information about permafrost conditions, which can help us to better understand the risks associated with permafrost thawing. There is a growing awareness of the risks of permafrost thawing, and scientific collaboration is increasing. However, more research is needed on adaptation options for mountain regions in Asia. Local authorities and young researchers need to be involved in this research to help build capacity on a regional scale.
Wednesday, 30 August 2023
HOBO software, HOBO sensors and micro-weather station, Installation of software in participants’ laptops – Prashant Baral, ICIMOD and Sunwi Maskey, Cryosphere Research Associate, ICIMOD