Projet 672 - Himalayan glaciers: assessing risks to local communities from debris cover and lake changes using new satellite data

Projet du PICG - réunion en 2019

  1. The Geological Society meeting: 2-4 September 2019

The Geological Society expert meeting on debris covered glaciers will allow scientists and practitioners to explore the current state of the science on debris-covered glaciers in high mountain environments through a series of talks and working groups. The workshop will facilitate the standardization of methodology and develop recommendations for future work that can be transferred to local institutions. Participants will collaborate on developing workshop material for future capacity building training packages as well as on the effective deployment of the growing earth science social media presence of High Mountain based communities and organizations. The workshop is closely aligned with the aims of the IGCP project of providing training material and standardizing methods that can be transferred to local communities.

  1. Workshop and field training on Ponkar Glacier: 3-17 November 2019

This workshop will be conducted in conjunction with Kathmandu University Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC). The aim of the workshop is three-fold: a) train students in conducting a geomorphological survey of the debris covered glacier Ponkar in the Manang region of Nepal, which include: map the geomorphologic features, estimate slope and aspect, moraine material, etc.) b) conduct UAV surveys on the debris-covered part of Ponkar glacier using a fixed-wing UAV; this will include a thermal survey with an UAV, on various debris covered features and c) conduct spectral measurements of various types of surfaces (clean ice, debris covered ice, non-ice moraine, lakes) to use in the sub-pixel remote sensing routines to map the surface of the debris cover more accurately. When possible, we will also conduct surveys in the area to assess past glacier lake outburst events related to the Thulagi Lake in the same area. This lines up with the objectives of our IGCP project of disseminating methodologies via trainings and workshops to local institutions in high Asia and harvestig local knowledge about past flood events and observed glacier changes.

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Bref résumé du projet

In the past 25 years, the international cooperation based on the IGCP projects in karst field attracted more than 200 scientists from over 40 countries to participate in. Based on the research team for international cooperation and the understanding of connotation of critical zone, we put forward the new IGCP project themed on "Global comparative research on structure, substance cycle and environment sustainability of the critical zone in karst systems". The new IGCP project will mainly pay attention to some scientific issues such as the structure, evolution, cycle of carbon-water-calcium and function of the critical zone and its sustainable utilization of the resources and environments.

It will focus on several aspects, which are influence of Himalaya uplift, highland in Middle East Area and the orogeny of Alps to the formation and evolution of karst; Influence of geological structure and differentiation of climate and vegetation on types, hydrogeological structure and characteristic of the critical zone; Influence of biogeochemical process, especially the microorganism action on substance cycle of the critical zone; The hydro-ecological and carbon sink function, influence factors, recording index, and maintaining mechanism of the critical zone; And establishment of monitoring stations and standards in different critical zones of the world.

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