People & Partners

The CHARIS project concluded in March 2019. These website pages are now static. The website will remain online through at least 2019.

A cross-boundary effort is required to improve our understanding of the High Asia regional water resources. In order to achieve this goal, University of Colorado scientists are working directly with researchers at institutions in eight different nations where ice and snow resources are located across High Asia (Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan). These countries contain the headwaters of the Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers. This collaboration includes joint research activities, such as cooperative field studies and model development, as well as capacity building (technical training, graduate student support, workshops) that will enhance the scientific understanding of the regional hydrology among our Asian partners.

Asian Partners

As of November 2016, our partners are:

  • Nepal, Kathmandu University, Dr. Rijan Kayastha. Dr. Kayastha is the South Asia Project Manager.
  • Afghanistan, Kabul University, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Naim Eqrar
  • Bhutan, Department of Hydro-Meteorological Services, Karma Tsering, Director, and Tshering Tashi
  • Bhutan, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, Dr. Pankaj Thapa and Dendup Tshering, Lecturer
  • India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. A.L. Ramanathan
  • India, Sharda University, Dr. Rajesh Kumar
  • Kazakhstan, Institute of Geography, Prof. Igor Severskiy
  • Kyrgyzstan, Institute of Water Problems and Hydropower, Rysbek Satylkanov
  • Pakistan, Karakoram International University, Dr. Haleem Zaman Magsi, Chair, Department of Earth Sciences
  • Pakistan, Water and Power Development Authority, Asim Rauf Khan, Project Director, Glacier Monitoring & Research Center, WAPDA
  • Tajikistan, Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower, and Ecology, Prof. Inom Sherovich Normatov

University of Colorado Researchers

  • Richard Armstrong, Principal Investigator, Senior Research Scientist and Fellow of CIRES. Leads the project with a perspective gained from more than 30 years in snow and ice research, including extensive glacier mass balance studies. 
  • Mark Williams, Professor of Geography and Fellow of INSTAAR. As Co-Investigator, Mark oversees field collection and laboratory analyses of water samples for isotopic and geochemical content, and conducts hydrologic mixing models using these data sources. Mark has extensive fieldwork experience in High Asia. 
  • Betsy Armstrong, Project consultant. Communications specialist, glaciologist, experience with glacier mass balance studies. 
  • Andrew Barrett, Associate Scientist. Focuses on snow cover mapping and assessing reanalysis temperature and precipitation data. Andy, too, has High Asia field work experience.
  • Mary Jo Brodzik, Senior Associate Scientist/Statistician. Provides research programming support in the areas of satellite data processing, glacier mapping, DEM generation and statistical methods for time-series trend analysis.
  • Florence Fetterer, Project manager. Coordinates project activities including implementing project partner agreements and arranging workshops. 
  • Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa, Research Scientist. Oversees DEM generation and evaluation, and assembles the MODIS snow cover product for use in the snowmelt runoff models and trend analysis.
  • Adina Racoviteanu, Project consultant. Expertise in remote sensing and GIS for glacier change detection and mass balance monitoring, with an emphasis on mapping debris covered glaciers. Adina has extensive High Asia field work experience.
  • Al Rasmussen, Project consultant. Expertise in glacier mass balance and hydrologic modeling. University of Washington.
  • Bruce Raup, Senior Associate Scientist. Oversees the evaluation and use of existing and new outlines for derivation of glacier hypsometries, and ensures that new glacier outlines are inserted into the NSIDC GLIMS Glacier Database. Bruce has glacier field work experience.
  • Karl Rittger, Associate Scientist. Brings an expert understanding of how spectral signatures can be applied to map and model snow and ice melt in satellite imagery. 
  • Alana Wilson, PhD. Collects and analyzes water samples; helps establish sampling protocols with South and Central Asian partners. Alana has fieldwork experience in High Asia.
  • Alice Hill, PhD. Expands run-off contributions of ice and snow to include lower-elevation regions. She has designed and conducted large scale hydrologic sampling in the remote Andes and has extensive remote mountain field work experience. 
  • Alia Lauren Khan, PhD. Focuses on aquatic biogeochemistry in the cryosphere, specifically looking at impurities in snow and ice, such as black carbon. She has extensive remote fieldwork experience in both polar regions, as well as major mountain ranges of the world including High Asia.