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Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC)

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.
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

2014 Batch Students

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

2013 Batch Students

  1. Gunjan Silwal
  2. Rakesh Kayastha
  3. Roshan Dahal
  4. Sonam Futi Sherpa
  5. Tika Ram Gurung
Previous Students
  1. Naveen Kumar
  2. Atar Singh
  3. Achut Parajuli
  4. Hafizullah Resouli
  5. Hedayatullah Arian
  6. Lakshman Lama
  7. Mohan Bahadur Chand (RA at HiCCDRC, KU)
  8. Sanjaya Gurung (RTS-Nepal)
  9. Bikas Chandra Bhattarai (RA at HiCCDRC, KU)
  10. Niraj Shankar Pradhananga (Staff at DHM)
  11. Prashant Baral
  12. Sonika Shahi

Contact information

Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha
Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center
Dhulikhel, Kathmandu University
P. O. Box – 6250 Kathmandu

Phone: 977-011- {661399, 661511, 663188} Ext. 1217
Fax: 977-011- 661443

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