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Programme Coordinator Cryosphere Ad-Interim,
Water and Air
As the Programme Coordinator (Ad-interim) for the Cryosphere Initiative, I work closely with ICIMOD’s world class team of cryospheric specialists who focus on all aspects of snow, glaciers, permafrost and other cool topics.
Samuel James Inglis
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
In a future where global temperatures are more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, we anticipate that the mountains of the HKH may experience warming by as much as 2 degrees. If this comes to pass, it will likely spell the doom for many of our region’s glaciers over the coming century. Glacial lakes – where I am most focused with our work – are expanding as glaciers waste away. They are vital components in mountain systems and can be both a blessing and a curse for communities and infrastructure, as sources of freshwater for drinking, bathing and farming, as well as posing a potential flood threat. With my work, I strive to protect the pulse of our planet by informing people what could happen if appropriate actions are not taken soon and by providing pathways for adapting and mitigating the changes that are already baked into the system.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
For a decade I have known that I wanted to work in the Himalaya and specifically on glaciers. ICIMOD has given me the space and opportunity to follow my passion and now I get to work in a place where every second conversation I have is about glaciers!
What are you passionate about?
I am besotted with the cryosphere, be it glaciers, permafrost, snow, glacial lakes, I just want to get out and explore and examine landscapes that have been and are still being molded by ice and snow.
I hold a Master of Science in Climate Change and Risk Management from the University of Exeter and a Bachelor of Science in Geography, also from the University of Exeter.