River Basins and Cryosphere
26 August 2022 to 05 September 2022
The Cryosphere Initiative and the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative are jointly organising an expedition to continue permafrost monitoring in Humla. The expedition team will strengthen the climate monitoring system in Humla by installing weather stations and placing temperature sensors in additional locations. The team will also be organising community interactions to share the objectives of the expedition and learn about the communities’ experiences with changes in climate and cryosphere.
The expedition team will be performing the following activities:
This is a follow up expedition to the 2021 fieldwork organised by the two initiatives to initiate permafrost monitoring in Humla. In 2021, the team installed sensors and stations for permafrost monitoring and investigated the impacts of changing cryosphere on different communities in Humla focusing on hazards due to thawing permafrost.
Climate warming induced permafrost thaw may cause wide-ranging bio-physical, social, and economic impacts in the HKH region. Permafrost monitoring in the HKH is limited and additional investigations are necessary to understand the frequency and intensity of these impacts.