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Amrit Thapa

RS & Geoinformation Research Analyst-Cryosphere Research, Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

As a Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Research Analyst under the Geospatial Solutions Theme, my role is to carry out assessment of cryopshere change in the HKH region. This includes field based measurements of cryospheric components like snow, glacier mass balance, river runoff and other hydro-meteorological variables. I also analyze satellite information for large scale assessment of snow cover dynamics and I run glacio-hydrological and snow models to better understand cryospheric processes in the Himalayan catchment.

Amrit Thapa

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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As a cryosphere researcher, I protect the pulse of the planet by generating knowledge about ongoing change in the HKH cryosphere and communicating effectively with scientists, local communities, policy makers and other related stakeholders. This is important because the HKH region – which is often called the “Water Tower of Asia” or “The Third Pole” – because its cryosphere – including glaciers, snow, permafrost and frozen ice – is a major water resource. Mountains are very sensitive to climate change and act as a thermometer for any change in the earth. Despite this significant importance, the HKH region still does not have enough cryosphere related datasets.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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Opportunities to work with multidisciplinary teams and people from many different cultures, societies, and groups. Additionally, being a remote sensing guy, I enjoy working on a regional scale.

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What are you passionate about?

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I am intensely passionate about mountains, their people and their cultures. I enjoy reaching mountains and understanding mountain civilizations.

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My qualifications

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My areas of expertise include hydro-meteorological data analysis, spatial data analysis and modelling, glacio-hydrological and snow modelling, and remote sensing of snow cover areas. I hold an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and an MS by Research in Glaciology from Kathmandu University, Nepal. I have four years’ professional experience in cryosphere research.