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The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is characterized by widespread presence of glacial lakes dammed by loose, unconsolidated moraine. These lakes are potential sources of flood, with numerous instances of glacial lake outburst flood events reported from across the region every year. However, the risk these glacial lakes present has not been comprehensively assessed in Afghanistan. In this regard, ICIMOD’s SWaRMA and SERVIR-HKH Initiatives are collaborating with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), Afghanistan, on developing a glacial lake database and building capacity for glacier change analysis in the country.
River Basins and Cryosphere, SWaRMA
15 July 2019 to
19 July 2019
Sudan Bikash Maharjan
As part of this collaboration, SWaRMA is organizing a five-day training from 15 to 19 July 2019 on identifying potentially dangerous glacial lakes (PDGLs) in the Kabul basin using remote sensing and geospatial techniques. The primarily aim is to enhance the capacity of four key professionals from MEW, Afghanistan. The participants will learn how to define the parameters used for dam breach modeling for assessing GLOF scenarios.