GLOF TWG members

Dibas Shrestha is an assistant professor at the Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, where he teaches courses on glaciology, tropical meteorology, and satellite meteorology. He has conducted research on mountain glaciers, glacial lakes, associated hazards, satellite rainfall estimations/validation, and climate variability and modeling, with a particular focus on the Central Himalaya. He holds a PhD degree in atmospheric science from Nagoya University, Japan. Before joining Tribhuvan University, he worked at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) as a senior scientist, leading high-mountain glacio-hydro-meteorological research in the Everest region.

Shiyun Liu
Liu Shiyin is a professor and principal investigator at the Institute of International Rivers and Eco-security, Yunnan University, China. He obtained his PhD in physical geography, focusing on glaciology, from the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Shiyin has led projects on glacier and glacial lake inventories in China and engaged in research on the impact of changes of glaciers on river runoff and glacial lakes on outburst floods in western China. He is currently leading a project at Yunnan University focusing on glaciers and glacial lake outburst floods in the Hunza Valley. His interests include mapping of glaciers and glacial lakes, mass balance, glacial hydrology, and glacial lake outburst floods.

Manisha K.C.

Manisha K.C. is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She is conducting her thesis on the Budhi Gandaki hydropower and reservoir project, testing the preliminary feasibility of the site. She has been involved in hydrological field research, conducting field surveys and studying river discharge. K.C. was also part of a field team that conducted meteorological analysis and studied CO2 concentrations at Lumle, Nepal.

Email: Kcmanisha01@gmail.com

Qiuhua Liang

Qiuhua Liang is Professor of Water Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. He received his DPhil in computational hydraulics from the University of Oxford in 2005. Before joining Loughborough in 2018, he was Professor of Hydrosystems Modelling at Newcastle University, UK.Liang has extensive experience in developing/applying high-performance computer models for predicting natural hazards and assessing their risks. He has worked as a principle investigator or co-investigator on more than 20 major research grants, including some international collaborative research projects in South/Southeast Asian countries such as Nepal. He has published nearly 200 research articles, including over 100 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals.

Email: Q.Liang@lboro.ac.uk

Academic profile: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/staff/qiuhua-liang/

Rakesh Kayastha
Rakesh Kayastha works as a Research Associate at the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC) at Kathmandu University, Nepal. His research focuses on glacio-hydrology, glacier dynamics, glacial lake outburst floods, and climate change impacts. He obtained his MS by Research in Glaciology degree from Kathmandu University and MSc in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, with a specialization in mountain environments.
Email: rakesh.kayastha@ku.edu.np

Rijan Bhakta Kayastha is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Kathmandu University, Nepal. He has 25 years of experience in Himalayan glaciology, glacio-hydrological modelling, and mountain hydrology and meteorology. He completed his MSc, DSc, and JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship from Nagoya University, Japan, and Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany. His research areas include estimation of glacier mass balance, ablation, and current and future discharges. Kayastha also studies glacial lake outburst floods, floods, and related early warning systems.

Email: rijan@ku.edu.np

Academic profiles: https://ku.edu.np/contact-detail/145


Shusila Kandel
Shusila Kandel is currently studying Environmental Science at the Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She is conducting cryosphere research for her thesis and is interested in expanding her research work to related issues in the future.

Sunwi Maskey

Sunwi Maskey completed her MS by Research in Glaciology degree from Kathmandu University, Nepal. For her dissertation, she modelled the glacial lake outburst floods at Thulagi and Lower Barun in Nepal. Maskey has also researched the determination of the snow cover and snowline altitude variations in eastern and central regions of Nepal.

Email: masunwi@gmail.com

Academic profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunwi-maskey-862a18117 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sunwi_Maskey

Yong Nie

Yong Nie is a professor at the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, where his research focuses on glacial lakes, glaciers, and glacial lake outburst floods and their impacts and mitigation at different scales, especially in the Himalaya. Granted a range of funds such as by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, his team has been conducting studies in glacier and lake mapping, glacial lake outburst floods, and hazard reduction.Email: nieyong@imde.ac.cn

Academic profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yong_Nie