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Formation of glacial lakes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas and GLOF risk assessment

Formation of glacial lakes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas and GLOF risk assessment

Formation of glacial lakes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas and GLOF risk assessment
Jack D. Ives, Rajendra B. Shrestha, Pradeep K. Mool
© ICIMOD, 2010

The report contains an assessment of the threat facing the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region from the recent (post-1950s) and rapid formation of meltwater lakes on the surface or at the end of a large number of the region's glaciers. It aims to help fulfill the requirement for regional knowledge about glacial lakes and glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) risk. The report provides a tool for policymakers and development practitioners facilitate regional collaboration aimed at reducing the glacial lake hazard.

The report discusses the ICTs begin used to devise an early warning system. In particular, a remote sensing system using geo-ICT tools and techniques was developed in cooperation with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Keio University of Japan.

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