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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. Monitoring and assessments 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; CMP)
  2. The Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice and Snow (CHARIS)
  3. Capacity building through training workshop on Himalayan glaciology and glacio-hydrological modelling

Visiting Professor

Prof. Dr. Hiroji FUSHIMI

(March - May 2015 and

March - May 2016)


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. Achut Parajuli (Nepal)
2. Atar Singh (One semester, India)
3. Bikas Chandra Bhattarai (Nepal)
4. Gunjan Silwal (Nepal)
5. Hafizullah Rasouli (Afghanistan)
6. Hedayatullah Arian (Afghanistan)
7. Lakshman Lama (Nepal)
8. Mohan Bahadur Chand (Nepal)
9. Naveen Kumar (one Semester; India)
10. Niraj Shankar Pradhananga (Nepal)
11. Prashant Baral (Nepal)
12. Rakesh Kayastha (Nepal)
13. Roshan Dahal (Nepal)
14. Sanjaya Gurung (Nepal)
15. Sonam Futi Sherpa (Nepal)
16. Sonika Shahi (Nepal)
17. Tika Ram Gurung (Nepal)

Contact information

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

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