Cryosphere Initiative

The Cryosphere Initiative at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), along with its partners,  focuses on understanding the importance of the cryosphere for downstream communities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). It aims to share data and knowledge co-produced in the region through its Regional Cryosphere Knowledge Hub. 

To develop and implement sustainable cryosphere monitoring in the region, the initiative and its implementing partners in Nepal and Bhutan have established a Cryosphere Monitoring Programme (CMP) to assess cryosphere water resources, cryosphere-related disaster risks, and scenarios for future water availability. 

Objectives

  • To improve knowledge and understanding of the HKH cryosphere and the impacts of climate change on water resources and hazards, and 
  • To build regional capacity for cryospheric monitoring in the region.


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Datasets

The 1000 m MODIS imagery showing a daily cloud cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 500 m MODIS imagery showing a daily snow cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 1000 m MODIS imagery showing a daily cloud cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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Digital polygon data of Glaciers of Nepal in 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. This dataset is created using Landsat MSS,TM and ETM+ imageries of four respective decades. The glacier outlines were derived semi-automatically using object-based image classification (OBIC ) method separately for clean ice and debris cover and further editing and validation was done carefully by draping over the high resolution images from Google Earth. Moreover, the glacier outlines for 2000, 1990 and 1980 were derived manually modifying the glacier outlines of 2010 by overlaying separately the images of respective decades.


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The 500 m MODIS imagery showing a daily snow cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 500 m MODIS imagery showing a daily snow cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 1000 m MODIS imagery showing a daily cloud cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 1000 m MODIS imagery showing a daily cloud cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 500 m MODIS imagery showing a daily snow cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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The 1000 m MODIS imagery showing a daily cloud cover of the HKH region. The image is generated using MODIS (NASA) algorithms to MODIS data received on ICIMOD's receiving station.


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