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Yathartha Dhungel

Intern - Glacier Mapping with RS/GIS Tools, Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

Currently, my work mainly focuses on literature reviews of decadal glacier change in the HKH and glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF).

Yathartha Dhungel

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

I believe that it is very important that our collaborative work resonates through interaction with people through various platforms to spread awareness, so I protect the pulse of the planet through spreading awareness of the importance of glaciers to our global water supply. What happens to our glaciers matters because everyone depends on water for life and changes in glaciers significantly change people’s access to water. My work contributes to the glacier and glacial lake inventory, which is used as a reference by anyone looking to make changes in cryosphere conservation and cryospheric research here in the HKH.

Q:

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

A:

In ICIMOD on a daily basis we learn the dynamics of nature better and I find that very satisfying. I also enjoy working here in a healthy work environment. Furthermore, being a part of the Geospatial Solution Theme sometimes feels like being a part of science-fiction as there are limitless possiblities that one could do with satellite data.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

I am very much deeply involved in the dynamics of the cryosphere and am also passionate about snow leopard conservation. Besides that, I am also very keen to work in probable and possible disasters in the cryosphere which are increasing due to climate change.

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My qualifications

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I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Jagadguru Shri Shivaratreeshwara Academy of Higher Education and Research, located in Mysore, Karnataka, India. During that time, Mysore was recognized as the cleanest city in India!  I hope to take up further education in disaster risk mitigation and enhancement of livelihoods of people living in the cryosphere across the world and thus make my work worthwhile for the entire planet.