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Cryosphere Initiative

The HKH CryoHub

The collaborative HKH CryoHub platform supports knowledge generation and exchange, learning, and networking, to create better connected practitioners and decision makers to enhance work and policies relevant to the cryosphere in the region.

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Our focus

Networking

The CryoHub links regional institutions conducting cryosphere-related research and provides a platform through which a common approach to data sharing is being promoted to improve our understanding of water resources and their management in the HKH.

The regional CryoHub is a collaborative effort through which we share and disseminate data and information using a network of national partners from and beyond our RMCs. It serves as a clearing house for cryosphere-related data and information for relevant operational services and research activities. As a knowledge hub, it integrates geospatial data to support knowledge development and decision making, and builds on capacity building efforts in the HKH for future generations of scientists.

Our activities under the regional CryoHub include:

  • Building a web-based interactive portal for the dissemination and visualization of cryosphere data that includes science applications and story maps
  • Regular publication of quarterly e-bulletins on our cryosphere-related activities
  • Organizing and facilitating conferences, seminars, and workshops
  • Organizing events for regional knowledge sharing

HKH Data

Raw Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) collected on Rikha Samba glacier in 2015

Mala GeoScience ProEx ground penetrating radar (GPR) with a 30 MHz Rough Terrain Antenna (RTA) to measure the ice thickness and thermal regime of Rikha Samba Glacier in 2015.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) point data of the thickness of Rikha Samba glacier in 2010

Point thickness data of Rikha Samba glacier in Nepal collected with an impulse GPR transmitter (Ohio State University) with a set of half-wavelength 5 MHz dipole antennas in 2010. Data are published in Gilbert et al. 2020.

Lirung UAV-derived elevation model, May 2013

Elevation model of Lirung Glacier produced from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery using the Structure from Motion algorithm. The data is georeferenced using ground control points measured with differential GPS.

Lirung UAV-derived elevation model, October 2013

Elevation model of Lirung Glacier produced from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery using the Structure from Motion algorithm. The data is georeferenced using ground control points measured with differential GPS.

Lirung UAV-derived orthomosaic, May 2013

Orthomosaic of Lirung Glacier produced from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery using the Structure from Motion algorithm. The data is georeferenced using ground control points measured with differential GPS.

Lirung UAV-derived orthomosaic, October 2013

Orthomosaic of Lirung Glacier produced from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery using the Structure from Motion algorithm. The data is georeferenced using ground control points measured with differential GPS.

In the spotlight

Smriti Basnet

For this month’s HKH CryoHub: In the Spotlight, we caught up with Smriti Basnet, who is Senior Researcher/Programme Coordinator at Future Earth's South Asia Regional Office, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science.

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NEWS AND FEATURES

Around the HKH

Resources

Publications

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (Glofs)
The melting Himalayas: Regional challenges and local impacts of climate change on mountain ecosystems and livelihoods

This policy summary looks at reported and possible future consequences of climate change in the greater Himalayan region.

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Glofs
Inventory of glaciers, glacial lakes, and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: Monitoring and Early Warning Systems in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region – Bhutan

Himalayan glaciers are retreating; the resultant long-term loss of natural fresh water storage will have as yet uncalculated effects.

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Snow-cover mapping and monitoring in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Snow is an important component of the cryosphere, and the study of snow trends is essential for understanding regional climate change and for managing water resources.

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The status of glacial lakes in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

This is the first comprehensive report on the distribution of glacial lakes for the HKH providing baseline data for further investigation of glacial lakes, GLOF hazards and risk assessments, and mitigation measures.

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Partners

The HKH CryoHub profile

comstat
COMSATS University
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imhe
Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment
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kabul university
Kabul University
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Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
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Resources and information for the media

Press releases

Landmark study: Two-degree temperature rise could melt half of glaciers in Hindu Kush Himalaya region, destabilizing Asia’s rivers

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