WHY THIS PROJECT
There is urgency in standardising glacier lake hazard ranking schemes in remote areas of the Himalaya. Our long-term goal is to disseminate methodologies developed under this project via trainings and workshops to local institutions in high Asia and to embed scientific knowledge into local communities.We will use different types of satellite imagery combined with terrain analysis to characterise the surface features of these glaciers, to map their changes over time and to assess their potential for triggering hazards. By combining the science with community involvement, we aim at understanding the socio-economic impacts of glacier hazards in high altitude areas where people live.
The main objective of the IGCO/UNESCO project is the transfer of scientific knowledge on monitoring debris-covered glaciers to local partner institutions in high Asia through trainings, workshops and field collaborations.
For this objective, I am building on previous experience with capacity building in Asia, strengthened through participation in the USAID-funded CHARIS project. The latter brought together 11 institutions in 8 Asian partner countries working on glacier-related monitoring issues, and served as a platform for future capacity-building initiatives proposed here.
 CHARIS: Contribution to Runoff from Ice and Snow in High Asia.