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Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC)
 

Introduction
Water resource is the main natural resource of Nepal. The main river systems of Nepal like Saptakoshi, Gandaki, Karnali and Mahakali are fed from the melting of snow and glacier ice in the Himalayas. All major rivers are of Nepal are perennial with ample amount of water available throughout the year. There is high possibility to built many new hydroelectric power plants and water supply plants for drinking and irrigation purposes in order to take benefit of this vast natural resource in the economic development of the country as well as development of the other nations of south Asian region by exporting hydropower where power demand is very high. For equal national development as well as local demand of hydropower due to economic activities, hydropower plants are being established on higher elevation, too. Since the higher elevation encountered with glacial environment, it is necessary to give due attention to glaciers and glacier lakes which are highly vulnerable to climatic changes occurring worldwide. In Nepal also, the impact of climate change on glaciers has been seen and many existing glacial lakes are expanding and some new are forming. Water induced disasters are also on increasing. Extreme events of precipitation (drought and flood) are increasing in number. Recent studies showed that most Himalayan glaciers are retreating probably due to increase in air temperature. If the current rate of glacier retreat continues, it will have a direct impact on availability of water on rivers for different purposes such as hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking in near future. Therefore, it is very urgent to study impact of climate change on Nepalese glaciers and consequently on Nepalese water resources for proper and sustainable development of water resources.

In this context, till now there is no any institution in Nepal which carries out researches on snow, glaciers, glacier lakes, water induced disaster and climate change which are main influencing components of water resource development in Nepal and produces young researchers in these subjects. Therefore, the Disaster Management and Sustainable Development Center (DMSDC) is renamed to the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC) in October 2009 which is under the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (DESE), School of Science (SOS) in Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel, Nepal.
Objective
The main objective of the center is to carry out research on cryospheric science and climate change related issues and produce young researchers in these fields.

The specific objectives of the center include:

  • Research on snow, glacier, glacial lakes, hydrology, disaster, energy, biodiversity and climate change and related issues- in house, collaborative and cliental
  • Trainings- in house and outside cliental in the above mentioned topics
  • Course offerings – M. Sc. by research, M. Phil. and Ph. D. in Glaciology
  • Provide services to university in the related expertise
  • Organize relevant workshop/seminar/conferences
  • Develops national/international linkage and collaborations

On-going Projects of HiCCDRC

  1. Establishing a Collaborative Effort to Assess the Role of Glaciers and Seasonal Snow
    Cover in the Hydrology of the Mountains of High Asia
  2. "Monitoring and assessment of changes in Glaciers, Snow and Glacio-hydrology in the Hindu Kush - Himalayas with a special focus on strengthening the capacity of Nepalese organizations (The HKH Cryosphere Monitoring Project)”
  3. Case studies of impacts of climate change on hydrological regime in Nepal, India and Afghanistan.
  4. Establishing a collaborative assessment of the impacts of climate change on the hydrological regime of the Langtang River Basin, central Nepal

Visiting Professor

Prof. Dr. Hiroji FUSHIMI
   

M. S. by Research in Glaciology

2015 Batch Students


1. Ajit Sapkota (Nepal)
2. Aniket Gupta (India)
3. Mukesh Rai (Nepal)
4. Niraj Kumar (India)
5. Ramesh Kumar (India)
6. Saugat Paudel (Nepal)
7. Susen Shrestha (Nepal)

2014 Batch Students


1. Abhijit Vaidya (Nepal)
2. Amrit Thapa (Nepal)
3. Bishwash Yogi (Nepal)
4. Iram Bano (Pakistan)
5. Javed Hassan (Pakistan)
6. Mingma Yangji Sherpa (Nepal)
7. Syed Hammad Ali (Pakistan)
8. Tenzing Chogyal Sherpa (Nepal)

Previous Students


1. Gunjan Silwal (ICIMOD)
2. Rakesh Kayastha (RAsso. at HiCCDRC, KU)
3. Roshan Dahal (ICIMOD)
4. Sonam Futi Sherpa (ICIMOD)
5. Tika Ram Gurung (ICIMOD)
6. Naveen Kumar (JNU, New Delhi, India)
7. Atar Singh (Sharada University, India)
8. Achut Parajuli (PhD Student at Université Laval, Canada)
9. Hafizullah Resouli (Kabul University, Afghanistan)
10. Hedayatullah Arian (Kabul University, Afghanistan)
11. Lakshman Lama
12. Mohan Bahadur Chand (RAsso. at HiCCDRC, KU)
13. Sanjaya Gurung (RTS-Nepal)
14. Bikas Chandra Bhattarai (PhD candidate at University of Oslo, Norway)
15. Niraj Shankar Pradhananga (Staff at Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nepal)
16. Prashant Baral (RAsso. at KU)
17. Sonika Shahi (PhD candidate at University of Graz, Austria)

Bikas Chandra Bhattarai
Bikas C. Bhattarai is currently a PhD candidate (2015 – 2019) at Department of Geoscience, University of Oslo, Norway, under University Scholarship. His research topic is “Radiative impact on cryosphere and its consequence on hydropower potential” under the supervision of Prof. John F. Burkhart and Prof. Frode Stordal.


Niraj Shanker Pradhananga
Niraj S. Pradhananga is currently working at Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal.


Prashant Baral
Prashant Baral is currently working as a Research Associate at Kathmandu University for the project titled “Environmental Flow Studies in Gandaki River Basin, Nepal”.. He has previously worked as a Remote Sensing and GIS Research Associate (November 2014 - August 2015) at International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal. Prior to that, he worked as an intern (September 2013 -September 2014) for the pilot study towards assessing environmental and societal impacts of permafrost thaw in the Hindu Kush Himalayas at ICIMOD, Nepal.


Sonika Shahi
Sonika Shahi is currently working as a University Research Assistant and a PhD candidate (2016 – 2020) at Department of Geography and Regional Science, University of Graz, Austria. Her research topic is “Relevance of local climate variation for glacier behavior in Tyroler Fjord (Northeast Greenland)” under the supervision of Dr. Wolfgang Schöner.

Achut Parajuli
Achut Parajuli is currently a PhD student (2016 – 2020) at the Université Laval, Canada, Department of Water Engineering under Hydro Quebec Scholarship. His research topic is “Snow Hydrology for the Boreal Forest Foret Montmorency (Title: subject of change)” under the supervision of research directors Assistant Prof. Daniel Nadeau and Prof. François Anctil.


Mohan Bahadur Chand
Mohan Bahadur Chand is working as Research Associate in Hindu-Kush Cryosphere Monitoring Programme (CMP). His field of interest are Himalayan debris-covered glacier, Glacier Hydrology, Glacio-hydrological modeling and other related field in glaciology including application remote sensing and GIS in cryosphere. He is now supporting the research activities of the HiCCDRC along with managing field expeditions to Nepalese Glaciers. Mr. Chand is also guiding M. S. by Research in Glaciology students in their thesis work.


Gunjan Silwal
Gunjan Silwal is working as a Remote Sensing and GIS Associate at International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal since February. Her major responsibilities are to analyze the snow cover area of ten major basins of the HKH region using Terra MODIS satellite imageries, conduct glacio-hydrological modelling using Spatial Processes in Hydrology (SPHY) model for Bhutanese glaciated catchments and support a study on a geodetic mass balance of Bhutanese glaciers.


Rakesh Kayastha
Rakesh Kayastha is working as a Research Associate in Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice and Snow (CHARIS) Project at HiCCDRC, Kathmandu University since September 2015. His major responsibilities are to assist the M. S. by Research in Glaciology students, carry out field research expeditions and activities, preparation of both field and annual progress reports and other project related activities. His research interest are application of remote sensing and GIS in the glaciology, glacier morphology and glacier dynamics.


Roshan Dahal
Roshan Dahal is working as a Remote Sensing and GIS Associate at ICIMOD, Nepal since February 2016. His major responsibilities are to map and monitor glacier changes for Pakistan and trans-boundary landscape and support a study on a geodetic mass balance.

Sonam Futi Sherpa
Sonam Futi Sherpa is working as a Research Associate Glaciologist in Cryosphere Initiative in Water and Air theme at ICIMOD since March 2016. Her major responsibilities are to assist in the organization of expeditions to collect glacier mass balance and geometry measurements in collaboration with regional and national partners, to support field data management and analysis, and assist in internal quality control in ICIMOD’s implementation and delivery of glaciological data, services, and knowledge products in Cryosphere Initiative in Water and Air theme at ICIMOD.


Tika Ram Gurung
Tika Ram Gurung is working as a Research Associate Glaciologist in Cryosphere Initiative in Water and Air theme at ICIMOD since March 2016. Assist in the organization of expeditions to collect glacier mass balance and geometry measurements, often in collaboration with regional and national partners as and when necessary. His major responsibilities are to support field data management and analysis, and assist in internal quality control in ICIMOD’s implementation and delivery of glaciological data, services, and knowledge products, maintain field equipment and instruments, assist in the implementation of regional and national training courses, workshops, and seminars.


Contact information


Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha
Coordinator
Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC)
Dhulikhel, Kathmandu University
P. O. Box – 6250 Kathmandu
Nepal
E-mail: hiccdrc@ku.edu.np
Phone: 977-011- {661399, 661511, 663188} Ext. 1209
Fax: 977-011- 661443

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