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HUC-IHCAP Glacier Monitoring Training 2018
  • published datePublish Date: 2018-07-13
  • submission dateForm Submission Final Date: 2018-08-10
  • Grant TypeGrant Type: Training/Course/Academy

Theoretical training (Part I)
  • Glacier Monitoring: relevance, international monitoring strategies, reporting of data
  • Theoretical background: mass balance, ablation and accumulation, energy balance, ELA, AAR, glacier surveys: terminus, surface profiles, flow; repeat photography
  • Methods for glacier monitoring: direct glaciological method, role of geodetic mass balance measurements for glacier monitoring, role of hydro-meteorological measurements, demonstration of measurement instruments
  • Uncertainty assessments
  • Processing of mass balance data: analysis of point measurements, extrapolation of point data to entire glacier; Exercises: Analysis of field data and glacier-wide interpolation
  • Use of glacier monitoring data as basis for scientific research, and show aspects where glacier monitoring plays a significant role in science-policy dialogue.
  • High altitude illnesses: prevention, symptoms, treatment
  • Introduction to mountaineering with hands-on practice
  • Trip planning and safety preparations: gear, health and safety plan with risk assessment, emergency procedures
  • Demonstration of safety gear
Field-based training (Part II)
  • Direct mass balance measurements: ablation and accumulation measurements
  • Glacier surveys with dGPS: glacier length and area changes, glacier surface changes, flow
  • Hydrological and meteorological monitoring: relevance of measurements, setup and maintenance of stations, discharge measurements
  • Basic mountaineering training
  • On the trek short sessions on: glacial landscape evolution and processes, glacier hazards generally and related to Nepal earthquake
  • Permafrost studies (optional if time allows): What is permafrost? How does a temperature profile look in permafrost areas?
Locations and dates

Theoretical training:

Duration:         12–16 November 2018

Location:          ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal

Arrival:            11 November

Departure:        17 November

Field training:

Duration:         19 November–5 December 2018

Location:          Yala Glacier, Langtang Valley, Nepal

Departure:        5 December in the evening/6 December


Graduate students or full-time early career scientists from research institutes in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, or Pakistan, which are full members of HUC and have access to suitable glaciers for in-situ glacier monitoring programmes. Full-time early career scientists at ICIMOD institutional partners running or planning to run in-situ glacier monitoring programmes in the HKH region are also eligible. Applicants need to have passports from and reside in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal or Pakistan.


Ideally, applicants should maintain or have plans to maintain a glacier monitoring programme in their country. They should have a background in glaciology, or related fields such as environmental science, geography, geology or climate sciences. To participate in the field-based training, applicants must be physically fit, healthy, motivated, and willing to trek several days to the glacier, up to an altitude of 5500 masl and sleep in tents. Recent participation in research trips to high altitude locations is an advantage. We strongly encourage women to apply.


To apply:

Fill out the registration form [http://huc-hkh.org/user/register] to register yourself and further to apply for the call fill in the online application form [http://huc-hkh.org/grant] and attach:

  1. A short curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages), which includes
    • list of university degrees (when, where, thesis title, advisors)
    • detailed information on your background in glaciology (eg, relevant university level courses you have taken)
    • list of relevant academic positions
    • publications and presentations
    • any other relevant experience or information  
  2. Letter of recommendation from you home institute