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River Basins and Cryosphere
Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal
13 September 2021 to
02 October 2021
Sharad P. Joshi & Sudan B. Maharjan
Organizers: ICIMOD and Kathmandu University
Our team of researchers and a member from Kathmandu University will be conducting field measurements and collecting field data to better understand the Lower Barun glacial lake.
While in the field, the team will carry out the following activities:
The Lower Barun glacial lake – located in the foothills of Mount Makalu (8416 masl) and southeast of Imja glacial lake in Arun River Valley – is one of the critical glacial lakes of Nepal. The lake is dammed by an ice-cored moraine in the east and a calving glacier front with a thick debris-covered glacier in the west. The lake has been expanding rapidly because of regular glacial calving Recent satellite images show consistent calving of the glacier terminus into the moraine-dammed proglacial lake, which has formed many new icebergs. Regular monitoring and field data can reduce GLOF risks and support implementation, mitigation, and adaptation measures in the susceptibility of GLOF risk lakes.