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.
Cause and Impact: The 2015 Lemthang Tsho GLOF in Bhutan
05 Jul 2017
A scientific paper on the July 2015 glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in Lemthang Tsho in Bhutan recommends regular monitoring of critical glacial lakes as a starting point for good risk management. The paper specifically recommends revisiting critical glacial lakes and assessing risk while considering recent changes. The need to consider supraglacial lakes has been identified as a criteria for evaluating GLOF risk.
Assessment and monitoring of land cover dynamics are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, and developing sustainable livelihoods, particularly for the rural communities in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region