The Himalayan glaciers and risks to local communities’ project 672 funded by the International Geoscience Program (IGCP) at UNESCO (2018 – 2022) and the ‘Debris-cover on glaciers (DISCOVER GLACIERS) project funded by the European Commission Marie-Curie COFUND scheme (2017 – 2020) are conducted at Aberystwyth University in the UK. Both projects aim at advancing the understanding of the surface of debris covered glaciers, and facilitating knowledge and expertise exchange among Asian institutions in Nepal, India and Bhutan and beyond.
- Using various types of satellite imagery combined with terrain analysis, the DISCOVER GLACIERS project aims at characterising the surface of debris covered glaciers and its changes over time using remote sensing imagery.
- Using the scientific insights acquired from remote sensing, the IGCP 672/UNESCO project aims at assessing the potential glacier-related risks associated with glacier and climate changes, and at estimating risks to local communities. By combining science with community involvement, these projects aim to understand the socio-economic impacts of glacier hazards.