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Tenzing Chogyal Sherpa

RS & Geoinformation Associate – Cryosphere Research, Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

As a Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Research Associate under the Geospatial Solutions Theme, I focus on assessing and understanding the dynamics of glaciers and glacial lakes in the HKH region and their evolution in the changing climate. This includes application of geospatial information and field-based observations to quantify and analyse the changes in these dynamic landforms.

Tenzing Chogyal Sherpa

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I believe that a crucial step in protecting the pulse of the plant is to understand it. Only when we are able to understand what is really going on, can we comprehend the magnitude of the associated risks and mitigate them if possible. At ICIMOD, I work with a constellation of experts to generate knowledge products using state-of-the-art Earth observation tools. We generate data in a region where data is very sparse, and disseminate it through publications and other platforms, creating public awareness about critical issues in the region. As a member of a local mountain community myself, I intend to connect local realities to research and policy so that communities, researchers and policymakers have a common understanding of climate issues in the region and can work together to build resilience.

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

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I like the ambience of the office and working with professionals from diverse backgrounds.

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What are you passionate about?

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I am passionate about being outdoors, exploring different parts of the world and learning about different communities and societies.

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My qualifications

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I hold an MRes in glaciology and a BSc in environmental science from Kathmandu University. Prior to joining ICIMOD, I worked for the Cryosphere Monitoring Project (CMP) at Kathmandu University as a Research Associate. During my term there and here in ICIMOD as well, I have been part of numerous glacio-hydrological expeditions and geophysical surveys in several glaciers across Nepal. I have also worked extensively on remote sensing approaches for quantifying glacier dynamics, spatial data analyses and modelling of glaciers in the changing climate.