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Monday Noon Seminar - Field-based assessment of post-earthquake damage to glacial lakes in Nepal

Monday, September 14, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Alton Byers

High Mountains Adaptation Partnership, The Mountain Institute, National Geographic Explorer, INSTAAR Affiliate

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Field-based assessment of post-earthquake damage to potentially dangerous glacial lakes in Nepal


The presentation will review the results of three field expeditions to Imja, Tsho Rolpa, and Thulagi glacial lakes between June and August, 2015.  The purpose of each expedition was to conduct integrated, post-earthquake and aftershock evaluations of each lake that included possible changes in water volume, end moraine stability, lateral moraine stability, seepage, glacial terminus, ice-cored moraines, and increased risk of flooding.  Project partners included USAID, ICIMOD, the Nepal Army, and High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP).


Alton C. Byers is a mountain geographer specializing in high mountain environments, alpine ecosystem conservation and restoration, climate change, and community-based approaches to reducing the risk of potentially dangerous glacial lakes.  He currently works as a Research Associate with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado.


Free and open to the public.