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Initiative goal

To improve knowledge and understanding of the HKH cryosphere and the impacts of climate change on water resources and hazards, and to build regional capacity for cryospheric monitoring in the region.

Regional Programme

River Basins and Cryosphere

Anna Sinisalo

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Programme Coordinator, Cryosphere Initiative

Meet our CMP Supported Alumni

Anushilan Acharya


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Anushilan Acharya, MS by Research in Glaciology
Bardaghat, Nawal Parasi, Nepal
Email: anushilanacharya@gmail.com

“Mountain communities are direct witnesses to receding snowlines, but they do not understand the reasons behind this or its significance. I hope our cryosphere research will help them fully understand the changes someday.”

Anushilan Acharya recently defended her well-received thesis to graduate from KU’s two-year MS by Research in Glaciology programme in December 2018. Acharya’s thesis focused on the mass and energy balance of Yala Glacier in Langtang Valley, Nepal, using data from 2011 to 2017. She used the glaciological method, which involves observed data collected through stake and snow density measurement, and the energy balance method, using meteorological data from the Yala Glacier basecamp and Kyanjing, Langtang Valley. Acharya’s research findings show that Yala Glacier lost mass during the observed period.

She is an avid trekker and enjoys interacting with mountain communities about their changing environments and struggles; this drives her research on receding snowlines.

Abhijit Baidya


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Abhijit Baidya, MS by Research in Glaciology
Ilam, Nepal
Email: abhiji2048@gmail.com

“The programme at KU is an integrated course involving remote sensing, hydrology, and programming languages, among other topics and technologies relevant to glaciology. It imparts different skillsets that students can use to their advantage in any field.”

Abhijit Baidya completed his MS by Research in Glaciology from KU in 2016. He has since been able to apply his knowledge and skill in several short-term development projects.

Having previously been interested in hydropower studies, Baidya shifted to glaciology to learn more about modelling. His thesis was on hydrological modelling using the SPHY model in the Tamur River basin. He is focused on improving his skills in modelling.

Abhijit Baidya believes hydrology is still a developing field in the Hindu Kush Himalaya and especially in Nepal, where extensive knowledge has not yet been produced to influence decision making on cryosphere monitoring and related policies. He is hopeful of contributing to the development of a vibrant, research-based society in the field.

Reeju Shrestha

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Reeju Shrestha, MS by Research in Glaciology
Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: shresthareeju@gmail.com

“Cryosphere research is a vast subject. There is still much I have to learn about. After obtaining my MS degree, I will try to get more field experience before pursuing further studies.”

Reeju Shrestha graduated from KU’s MS by Research in Glaciology programme in December 2018 after successfully defending her thesis on the effect of debris on ice melt in Ponkar Glacier, Manang, Nepal, from 2016 to 2018. She wanted to contribute to the Ponkar Glacier database as most debris-covered glaciers, apart from Lirung Glacier, have not been extensively researched. She hopes that KU will be able to establish a long-term monitoring programme in Ponkar Glacier, thereby providing easier access to diverse research sites for its students.

Shrestha is a passionate trekker, likes socializing, and is always looking for new challenges.

Aman Thapa

Aman Thapa, MS by Research in Glaciology
Dupandehi, Butwal, Nepal
Email: amanthapa8848@gmail.com

“I was always interested in studying snow and glaciers, but it is difficult to find glaciology courses in the region. When I heard about KU’s programme, I jumped at the opportunity. It puts me in the right track to pursue a career based on my interests.”

Aman Thapa graduated from KU’s MS by Research in Glaciology programme in December 2018. For his thesis, Thapa studied the glacier ice thickness measurement of glaciers in Tamur, Dudh Koshi, Marsyandi River basins, using surface velocity. Since it was a remote-sensing based research, he intensively worked on remote-sensing techniques and skills to use different satellite images. Thapa was the first student to study the velocity of glaciers at KU, although he did not have a wide range of samples for reference.

Thapa believes the challenging nature of glaciology, along with the costs of such courses, are reasons for limited glaciology research and students of glaciology in Nepal. However, he hopes the increasing visibility and accessibility of new glaciology research findings can inspire more students to pursue glaciology.

 

More of our CMP Supported Alumni

  • Tenzin Chogyal Sherpa
    Tenzin Chogyal Sherpa is working at ICIMOD as a research associate for the Cryosphere initiative under the Geospatial theme. He is currently working on glaciers and glacial lake mapping in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. He previously had worked at the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University.
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  • Mingma Yangji Sherpa
    Mingma Yangji Sherpa is currently freelancing and is a consultant with various projects related to glaciology and the environment.
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  • Biswas Yogi 
    Biswas Yogi is an environmental officer at the Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal.
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  • Gunjan Silwal
    Gunjan Silwal is currently pursuing PhD in the University of Alberta, Canada where she is studying “Water resources modelling and management” as her thesis topic. She worked as remote sensing and geographic information system associate at ICIMOD.  She was assisting with organizing expeditions to collect glacier mass balance and geometry measurements, often in collaboration with regional and national partners. She provides support for field data management and analysis, and assists in internal quality control in relation to ICIMOD’s implementation and delivery of glaciological data, services, and knowledge products.
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  • Roshan Dahal
    Roshan Dahal is a remote sensing and geographic information system associate at ICIMOD. His major responsibilities are to map and monitor glacier changes in Pakistan and transboundary landscapes in the region, and to support a study on a geodetic mass balance.
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  • Tika Ram Gurung
    Tika Ram Gurung is a research associate glaciologist with the Cryosphere Initiative at ICIMOD. His responsibilities include assisting with organizing expeditions to collect glacier mass balance and geometry measurements, often in collaboration with regional and national partners. He also supports field data management and analysis, and assists in internal quality control in relation to ICIMOD’s implementation and delivery of glaciological data, services, and knowledge products. He is also tasked with maintaining field equipment and instruments
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  • Sonam Futi Sherpa
    Sonam Futi Sherpa is currently enrolled in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, the United States, her research topic is “Modelling ice sheet melt and sea level rise in United States”. Sherpa previously worked as a research associate glaciologist with the Cryosphere Initiative at ICIMOD.
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  • Mohan Bahadur Chand
    Mohan Bahadur Chand is pursuing his PhD at the Hokkaido University, Japan and his research topic is “Glacier and Glacier Hydrology Focusing Ondebris-Covered Glaciers”. He worked as a research associate at the Hindu Kush Cryosphere Monitoring Programme (CMP), Kathmandu University. His field of interests include Himalayan debris-covered glaciers, glacier hydrology, glacio-hydrological modelling, and other related glaciological fields including the application of remote sensing and geographic information system in cryosphere.
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  • Sanjay Gurung
    Sanjay Gurung is a hydrologist at Real Time Solution Pvt Ltd. He is responsible for generating sediment-monitoring systems for hydropower plants and modelling real time discharge calculation using velocity sensors and water levels. He also works on generating flood forecast models for the Karnali, West Rapti, Narayani, and Kankai basins, and deploys such model on servers. He carries out data quality assessment of all hydrological and meteorological stations, assisting in the development of software to be used in hydrological and meteorological measurements.
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  • Achut Parajuli
    Achut Parajuli is pursuing his PhD at the Université Laval, Canada, Department of Water Engineering.  His research topic is “Snow Hydrology for the Boreal Forest Foret Montmorency”, which she is pursuing under the supervision of research directors Daniel Nadeau and François Anctil.
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  • Lakshman Lama
    Lakshman Lama is currently freelancing and is a consultant with various projects related to glaciology and the environment.
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  • Sonika Shahi
    Sonika Shahi is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography and Regional Science, University of Graz, Austria. Her research topic is “Relevance of local climate variation for glacier behavior in Tyroler Fjord (Northeast Greenland)”, which she is pursuing under the supervision of Wolfgang Schöner.
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  • Prashant Baral
    Prashant Baral is a research associate at Kathmandu University for Environmental Flow Studies in the Gandaki River Basin project. Before joining KU, he worked as a remote sensing and geographic information system research associate at ICIMOD.
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  • Niraj S Pradhananga
    Niraj S Pradhananga is works at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal.
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  • Bikas Chandra Bhattarai
    Bikas Chandra Bhattarai is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geoscience, University of Oslo, Norway. His research topic is “Radiative impact on cryosphere and its consequence on hydropower potential”, which he is pursuing under the supervision of John F Burkhart and Frode Stordal.
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