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Update from Kathmandu University’s M.S. by Research in Glaciology program

Two CHARIS-supported students have completed their studies for M. S. by Research in Glaciology at Kathmandu University, under the direction of Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, D. Sc., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering.  They are:

Hafizullah Rasouli, Department of Geology, Faculty of Geosciences, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan

Hedayatullah Arian, Department of Hydro-Meteorology, Faculty of Geosciences, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan

Left to right: Hafizullah Rasouli, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan; Hedayatullah Arian, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan; Richard Armstrong, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Credit: B. Armstrong

Left to right: Hafizullah Rasouli, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan; Hedayatullah Arian, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan; Richard Armstrong, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Credit: B. Armstrong

Six new CHARIS-supported students are now enrolled at Kathmandu University in the masters program under the direction of Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, D. Sc., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. They are:

Amrit Thapa, Nepal
M. Sc. in Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
B. Sc. Environment science, Tri-Chandra Campus, Ghantaghar, Kathmandu

Amrit Thapa

Amrit Thapa

Atar Singh, India
M. Sc. (Tech) in Geophysics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
B. Sc., DBS (PG) College Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Atar Singh

Atar Singh

Iram Bano, Pakistan
B. Sc. (Earth Sciences), Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan

Iram Bano

Iram Bano

Javed Hassan, Pakistan
B. Sc. (Earth Sciences), Karakoram International University Gilgit, Pakistan
FSc (Pre-engineering), Federal Board of Intermediate and secondary education
Islamabad Pakistan
SSC (Science), Federal Board of Intermediate and secondary education
Islamabad Pakistan

Javed Hassan

Javed Hassan

Naveen Kumar, India
M. Sc. in Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
B. Sc. Zoology (H), St. Xevier college, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Naveen Kumar

Naveen Kumar

Syed Hammad Ali, Pakistan
M. Sc. in Environmental Science from College of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
B.Sc. in Biological Science from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

Sayed Hammad Ali

Sayed Hammad Ali

CHARIS Partner Meeting in Pokhara, Nepal

The CHARIS project, in coordination with Dr. Rijan B. Kayastha, Associate Professor, Kathmandu University and CHARIS South Asia Project Manager, held its second partners meeting in Pokhara, Nepal, December 1–2, 2013, at the Landmark Hotel. The first meeting was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on May 13–18, 2013. Partner institutions were represented from all eight CHARIS countries:

  • Afghanistan (Kabul University, Kabul),
  • Bhutan (Sherbutse College, Royal University of Bhutan, Kanglung Trashigang),
  • India (Sharda University, Greater Noida, U. P., and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi),
  • Kazakhstan (Institute of Geography, Almaty),
  • Kyrgyzstan (Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek),
  • Nepal (Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University),
  • Pakistan (Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Glacier Monitoring Research Centre, Lahore, and Karakoram International University, Gilgit),
  • Tajikistan (Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, Dushanbe).

The primary purpose of this meeting was for the partners to describe their projects: current status, recent field research activities and future plans.

Front row, left to right: Kunduz Rysbek Kyzy, Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Betsy Armstrong, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Pankaj Thapa, Sherubtse College, Kanglung Trashigang, Bhutan; Hafizullah Rasouli , Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, presently graduate student at Kathmandu University, Nepal; Alana Wilson, INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Rajesh Kumar, Sharda University, Greater Noida, U. P., India; Danial Hashmi, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Glacier Monitoring Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan; Hedayatullah Arian, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, presently graduate student at Kathmandu University, Nepal; Adina Racoviteanu, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement, Domaine Universitaire, France; Andy Barrett, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Tshering Wangdi, Sherubtse College, Kanglung Trashigang, Bhutan; Thupstan Angchuk, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India; Astha Karki, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal. Back row, left to right: Bikas Chandra Bhattarai, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal; Rijan B. Kayastha, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal; Sonam Chhogyel, Sherubtse College, Kanglung Trashigang, Bhutan; Ghulam Abbas Anjum, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Lahore, Pakistan; Madhuranjan Vatsa, Sharda University, Greater Noida, U.P., India; Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Richard Armstrong, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Ari Nathan, U.S Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal; Alexandr Yegorov, Institute of Geography, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Mark W. Williams, INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Inom Sherovich Normatov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Parviz Normatov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Bruce Raup, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; A. L. Ramanathan, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India; Rysbek Satylkanov, Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Jose George Pottakkal, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. Front row, left to right: Kunduz Rysbek Kyzy, Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Betsy Armstrong, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Pankaj Thapa, Sherubtse College, Kanglung Trashigang, Bhutan; Hafizullah Rasouli, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, presently graduate student at Kathmandu University, Nepal; Alana Wilson, INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Rajesh Kumar, Sharda University, Greater Noida, U. P., India; Danial Hashmi, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Glacier Monitoring Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan; Hedayatullah Arian, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, presently graduate student at Kathmandu University, Nepal; Adina Racoviteanu, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, Domaine Universitaire, France; Andy Barrett, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Tshering Wangdi, Sherubtse College, Kanglung Trashigang, Bhutan; Thupstan Angchuk, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India; Astha Karki, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal.
Back row, left to right: Bikas Chandra Bhattarai, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal; Rijan B. Kayastha, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal; Sonam Chhogyel, Sherubtse College, Kanglung Trashigang, Bhutan; Ghulam Abbas Anjum, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Lahore, Pakistan; Madhuranjan Vatsa, Sharda University, Greater Noida, U.P., India; Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Richard Armstrong, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Ari Nathan, U.S Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal; Alexandr Yegorov, Institute of Geography, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Mark W. Williams, INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; Inom Sherovich Normatov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Parviz Normatov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Bruce Raup, CIRES/NSIDC, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA; A. L. Ramanathan, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India; Rysbek Satylkanov, Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Jose George Pottakkal, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

 

Presentations

Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal
Activities of Kathmandu University 

Danial Hashmi, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
Glacier Monitoring Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan
Current Status of CHARIS Project Activities in WAPDA

Prof. AL. Ramanathan & Team, Glacier Research Group, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Unviersity, New Delhi, INDIA
Current status of CHARIS project Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

I. Severskiy, A. Yegorov, Institute of Geography, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Dynamics of Tuyuksu glacier for the last 56 years

Hafizullah Rasouli, Kabul University and Kathmandu University
Study on Hydro-Meteorological Characteristics of Maidan River basin, Kabul, Afghanistan

Rysbek Satylkanov, Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Monitoring the Kara-Batkak Glacier and Hydro-Meteorological Conditions in the Chon-Kyzyl-Suu River Basin

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Sharda University, Greater Noida, U. P,India
Observation of Glacio-hydrological processes in Shaune Garang Valley

Inom Normatov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Current status of Charis project, IWPHE Tajikistan

Hedayatullah Arian, Kabul University and Kathmandu University
Study on Hydro-meteorological Characteristic of Panjshir river basin, Afghanistan

University of Colorado CHARIS scientists then presented material on the following subjects relevant to the partners’ projects:

Richard Armstrong, Principal Investigator
CHARIS project: current status and activities

Bruce Raup
Formatting and metadata guidelines for submission of CHARIS data to NSIDC

Andy Barrett
Reanalysis data and methods for downscaling

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa
Optimal DEMs for the CHARIS region

Alana Wilson
Water chemistry studies – collaborative work in Nepal, with Mark Williams

Adina Racoviteanu, CHARIS consultant
Advances in techniques to identify and map debris-covered glaciers

During the wrap-up discussion partners suggested short courses and training ideas for future meetings. The meeting ended with partners agreeing that this group has the capacity to provide relevant and current science to policy makers, and is setting the path for continued collaboration among these High Asian countries.

Visit to CHARIS’ Newest Partner

CHARIS team members Richard Armstrong, Alana Wallace and Betsy Armstrong, along with Koni Steffen, former CIRES director and current Director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) visited CHARIS’s newest partner, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, in Kanglung, November 22–24, 2013. After a tour of the college, we were introduced to the faculty and facilities of the college and held discussions on planning future collaboration for field work beginning in spring-summer 2014.

CHARIS team with members of the Center for Climate Change and Spatial Information (CCCSI), Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, November 23, 2013.  Kneeling, left to right: Dr. Sonam Wangmo, Dean of Academic Affairs; Alana Wallace; Pema Lhendrup, Lecturer, Department of Geography; Betsy Armstrong  Standing, from left to right: Richard Armstrong; Ramakanta Barman, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry; Tshering Wangdi, Director; Sonam Chogyel, Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages; Pankaj Thapa, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Coordinator, CCCSI; Dharmendra Chaudhur, Senior Lecturer, Geography and Planning; Koni Steffen, WSL

CHARIS team with members of the Center for Climate Change and Spatial Information (CCCSI), Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, November 23, 2013.
Kneeling, left to right: Dr. Sonam Wangmo, Dean of Academic Affairs; Alana Wallace; Pema Lhendrup, Lecturer, Department of Geography; Betsy Armstrong
Standing, from left to right: Richard Armstrong; Ramakanta Barman, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry; Tshering Wangdi, Director; Sonam Chogyel, Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages; Pankaj Thapa, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Coordinator, CCCSI; Dharmendra Chaudhur, Senior Lecturer, Geography and Planning; Koni Steffen, WSL

 

CHARIS Short Course and Partner Presentations in Almaty, Kazakhstan

CHARIS, in coordination with the local organizing institution, the Institute of Geography, Almaty, and with funding from USAID, brought all the CHARIS partners together for a short course and partner presentations on May 13–17, 2013, at the Saltanat Hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The short course, presented by University of Colorado scientists from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and the National Snow and Ice Data Center offered lectures on Isotopic and Geochemical Tracers (Mark Williams and Alana Wilson), Mountain Hydrology (Mark Williams), Glacier Mapping (Bruce Raup), and Glacier Mass Balance (Andy Barrett). These lectures were also distributed on memory sticks to the participants at the beginning of the meeting.

Each partner presented their current work with ample time allowed for discussion throughout the meeting. Partner presentation titles and affiliations are listed below. The meeting concluded with a visit to the Institute of Geography and field trip to the Big Almaty Lake field station, organized by Alexandr Yegorov, Institute of Geography.

The CHARIS group near the Big Almaty Lake field station.   Back row, standing, from left to right are Danial Hashmi, Rafaqat Ali Malik, Alana Wilson, George Jose Pottakkal , Shaktiman Singh, A.L. Ramanathan, Bruce Raup, Bikas Chandra Bhattarai, Larissa Kogutenko, Alexandr Yegorov, Inom Sherovich Normatov, Bakyt Ermenbaev, Vladimir Shatravin, and Richard Armstrong. Front row, kneeling, from left to right are Rajesh Kumar, Danila Uvarov, Andy Barrett, Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Mark Williams, Chandranath Chatterjee, and Parviz Normatov.

The CHARIS group near the Big Almaty Lake field station. Back row, standing, from left to right are Danial Hashmi,  Malik Rafaqat Ali, Alana Wilson, George Jose Pottakkal , Shaktiman Singh, A.L. Ramanathan, Bruce Raup, Bikas Chandra Bhattarai, Larissa Kogutenko, Alexandr Yegorov, Inom Sherovich Normatov, Bakyt Ermenbaev, Vladimir Shatravin, and Richard Armstrong.
Front row, kneeling, from left to right are Rajesh Kumar, Danila Uvarov, Andy Barrett, Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Mark Williams, Chandranath Chatterjee, and Parviz Normatov.

 

 

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Vasily Kapista

Zamira Usmanova

Zamira Usmanova

Not in the photo above but on the field trip and working hard to make sure that all went well were Vasily Kapista and Zamira Usmanova. Also not in photo but at the workshop was Rysbek Satylkanov.

 

 

 

In advance of the meeting, partners were sent a short questionnaire that asked about familiarity with various tools and data formats. Many respondents (about 40%) were familiar with the common GIS data formats as well as the main commercial tools for working with satellite imagery.

The second questionnaire following the meeting asked participants about their meeting experiences. Approximately half of the participants responded. All said that the short courses contained the expected material and were at a scientific level that met their needs. All were satisfied with the conference and hotel facilities. When asked for suggestions for improvement, several participants requested more hands-on training in GIS and image analysis, as well as isotope data analysis. Other suggested topics included mountain geochemistry interrelationships, discussion of unified methods of measurement, and ecosystem adaptation to shrinking glaciers. In the “additional comments” section, several participants expressed general praise and gratitude to the organizers.

Short course participants are listed below along with their organization and country. For presenters, the title of the presentation is given as well.

Presentations

Bikas Chandra Bhattarai
Kathmandu University
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Preliminary results of mass balance studies of Yala and Rikha Samba Glaciers in Nepal

Danial Hashmi and Malik Rafaqat Ali
Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
Glacier Monitoring Research Centre
Lahore, Pakistan
WAPDA Initiatives in Upper Indus Basin Investigations

Rijan Kayastha
Kathmandu University
Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal
Activities of the Kathmandu University Cryosphere Monitoring Project

Alexandr Kokarev
Institute of Geography
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Presentation of Central Asian Regional Glaciological Centre as a Category 2 under the auspices of UNESCO

Rajesh Kumar
Sharda University
Greater Noida, U.P., India
Shaune Garang Glacier: Status of studies and future plans

Inom Normatov
Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Modern state and development perspective of water resources & climate and environment and strategy of the risk management in the Transboundary Zeravshan and Vakhsh River Basins

A.L. Ramanathan
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
New Delhi, India
Input to the regional mass balance modeling in western Himalayas: Case study from Chotta Shigri Glacier, HP, India

Rysbek Satylkanov and Bakyt Ermenbaev
Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Tien-Shan vysokogrny Research Centre and its activities

Vladimir Shatravin and Bolat Uralbekov
Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The potential of uranium isotopic method when studying flow formation of poorly studied mountain river basins

Additional participants

Chandranath Chatterjee
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
New Delhi, India

Vasiliy Kapitsa
Institute of Geography
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ashley King
USAID
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Larissa Kogutenko
Institute of Geography
Almaty, Kazakhstan

George Jose Pottakkal
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
New Delhi, India

Shaktiman Singh
Sharda University
Greater Noida, U.P., India

Zamira Usmanova
Institute of Geography
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Danila Uvarov
Institute of Geography
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Alexandr Yegorov
Institute of Geography
Almaty, Kazakhstan

CHARIS Goes to Central Asia

Richard Armstrong, CHARIS Principal Investigator, visited Central Asia in September-October 2012, to explore opportunities for collaboration with institutions in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan.

The CHARIS project collaborates directly with key Asian research institutions to develop a consensus regarding the research methodologies to be used to achieve project goals. This effort includes joint research and capacity building that will enhance the scientific understanding of the regional hydrology among our Asian partners.

Professor Igor Severskiy, Kazakhstan Institute of Geography, Almaty, his daughter Marina, English teacher at USAID and translator, Betsy Armstrong and Richard Armstrong discuss plans for future collaboration on September 24, 2012. Professor Severskiy directs research on the Tuyuksu glacier, the site of one of the longest running mass balance studies in the world.

Meeting with Meteo Tajikistan in Dushanbe, September 25, 2012. Director Mr. Mahmad Safarov (center) and members of his staff (left), with Richard Armstrong and Daler Asrorov, USAID (right).
Credit: B. Armstrong

Richard Armstrong met with Professor Inom Normatov, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology, and Tajikistan National University, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, September 26, 2012, to develop a collaborative study on the glacier-fed Vakhsh River, a tributary of the Amudarya.
Credit: B. Armstrong

Meeting with the glacier and hydrology working group at the Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower Engineering in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, September 26, 2012. First row (left to right) Tamara Tuzova, Richard Armstrong, Vladimir V. Romanovski, Valerii A. Kuzmichenok; Second row (left to right) Bakyt Ermenbayev, Vladimir Shatravin, Marina Lischenko (translator), Betsy Armstrong (communications specialist), Rysbek Satylkanov. Credit: K. Satylkanov

Meeting with the glacier and hydrology working group at the Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower Engineering in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, September 26, 2012. First row (left to right) Tamara Tuzova, Richard Armstrong, Vladimir V. Romanovski, Valerii A. Kuzmichenok; Second row (left to right) Bakyt Ermenbayev, Vladimir Shatravin, Marina Lischenko (interpreter), Betsy Armstrong (communications consultant), Rysbek Satylkanov.
Credit: K. Satylkanov

Richard Armstrong traveled to the Kara Batkak glacier with Shatravin Bakyt, Director of the Tien-Shan High Mountain Research Center field project and others, to establish a plan for monitoring ablation and stream discharge in support of CHARIS goals. The research hut is shown in the foreground. The glacier terminus is at 3400 m and the glacier is located in the Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyz Republic.
Credit: B. Armstrong

On the Kara Batkak glacier with the Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Kyrgyzstan, September 2012 (left to right) Vladimir Shatravin (Director, Glaciology Lab), Betsy Armstrong (Communications Consultant), Marina Lischenko (Interpreter), Richard Armstrong (CHARIS PI) and Bakyt Ermenbayev (Director, Tien Shan High Mountain Research Center)                                            Credit: Janat Abdrayev

On the Kara Batkak glacier with the Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Kyrgyzstan, September 2012 (left to right) Vladimir Shatravin (Director, Glaciology Lab), Betsy Armstrong (Communications Consultant), Marina Lischenko (Interpreter), Richard Armstrong (CHARIS PI) and Bakyt Ermenbayev (Director, Tien Shan High Mountain Research Center) Credit: Janat Abdrayev


The old, defunct Soviet stream discharge gauge is in a good location—a well defined channel a few hundred meters below the terminus of the Kara Batkak, with a single channel flowing from the glacier. A new gauging station will be installed during 2013. This stream channel should also be excellent for water chemistry sampling.
Credit: B. Armstrong