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High Mountains Adaptation Partnership


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2103 Peru workshop

2011 Nepal workshop

2009 Peru workshop

2013 Peru workshop: Glacial Lakes and Disaster Risk Management: Knowledge Exchange and Field Training

From July 11 to 24, 2013, the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership hosted its third international conference, in Huaraz, Peru. The Workshop consisted of three components: (1) research presentations and poster session, (2) fieldwork training modules covering a range of topics from glacier mass balance analysis to community vulnerability and adaptation training techniques and, (3) a three-day field visit to Palcacocha Lake to see first-hand an ongoing glacial lake management and control project.

Daniel Byers of Skyship Films presents the 2013 workshop in action, including scientists visiting shrinking glaciers and glacial lakes at risk of outburst flooding.

Welcome notes

  • Alton Byers, The Mountain Institute
  • John Furlow, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Kenneth Young, University of Texas at Austin: Climate change, people, and mountains.  read text | view slides


Rachel Chisolm, Center for Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin: Using a hydrodynamic lake model to predict the impact of avalanche events at Lake Palcacocha, Peru.  read text | view poster

Alejo Cochachin, Glaciological and Hydrological Resources Unit: Evolution of 10 glacial lakes in the Cordillera Blanca and the relationship to climate change over the past four decades.  read text | view slides

Rebecca Cole, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research: Differentiating climatic and anthropogenic alpine land cover change drivers from 1972 - 2012 in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.  read text | view poster

Adam French, University of California Santa Cruz: Conflict resolution in Paron in context of glacial lakes.  read text | view slides

Jesus Gomez, Huascaran National Park: Experiencias científicas en el PNH y sus aportes en el conocimiento del ANP en relación al CC (Scientific Experiments in Huascaran National Park and their Contribution to the Knowledge of Huascaran National Park in Relation to Climate Change).  view slides

Wilfried Haeberli, University of Zurich: Glacial lakes emerging risk and water issues.  read text | view all slides | view layers of slide 6 | download animation of glacier retreat

Jeff La Frenierre, Ohio State University: Monitoring surface change on debris- covered glaciers, Volcán Chimborazo, Ecuador.  view slides

Raúl Loayza-Muro, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia: Hydrology and water quality of the Quilcay watershed (Peru).  read text | view slides

Cesar Portocarrero, The Mountain Institute: Conflict resolution in Laguna Paron in the context of glacial lakes.  view slides

Edwin Loarte, Autoridad Nacional del Agua Unidad de Glaciologia y Recursos Hidricos: Evolution 10 glacial lakes in the Cordillera Blanca and its relation to climate change during the past four decades. (Spanish)  read text | view slides

Laura Read, Tufts University: Community water management in the Tres Cuencas Commonwealth.  read text | view slides

Carl Schmitt, National Center for Atmospheric Research: Measurements of dust and black carbon on the glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca mountains of Peru.  read text | view slides


Dirk Hoffman, Bolivian Mountain Institute: Comparison of recently formed glacial lakes in the Bolivian Andes and the Southern Alps of New Zealand - Differences and similarities.  read text | view slides | view poster

Central Asia

Vladimir Aizen, University of Idaho: Modern and past climate and environmental change impact on regional hydrology and water resources stress in Central Asia.  read text | view slides

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa, NSIDC, University of Colorado Boulder: The Contribution to High Asia Runoff from Ice and Snow (CHARIS) Project.  read text | view slides

Muzaffar Shodmonov, State Agency for Hydrometeorology, Tajikistan: Recent glacier-related projects in Tajikistan.  view slides

Teiji Watanabe, Hokkaido University, Japan: GLOF risk in Tajikistan.  read text | view slides

Bolot Moldobekov, Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences: Monitoring and research of glacier systems in Kyrgyzstan under climate change and related geo-risks. read text | view slides

Vladimir Shatravin, Tien Shan High-Mountain Scientific Center of National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic: What prevents making a reliable long-term forecast of glacial and climatic changes in Central Asia? Paleoglaciological base for long-term forecasting from new starting positions by the example of the Tien Shan, Pamir, and Himalayas.  read text


Karma, Geological Survey of Bhutan: Reducing lake water level in Thothormi Glacial Lake in Bhutan: An adaptation Project to the adverse impact of climate change.  read text | view slides

India, Sikkim

Reinmar Seidler, ATREE, University of Massachussetts: Climate change in Kanchenjunga TCA: Vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities.  read text | view slides


Ryan Bartlett and Sarah Freeman, WWF: Climate resilience in the eastern Himalayas: Integrated approaches to assessing vulnerability and developing adaptation strategies.  read text | view slides

Dinesh R Bhuju, Resources Himalaya Foundation: Building climate change resilience capacity of mountain people in Nepal.  read text | view slides | view poster

Alton Byers, The Mountain Institute: Imja Lake risk reduction: Community-based, science-driven.  read text | view slides

Rodney Garrard (presented by Sonam Sherpa, Kathmandu University): Depicting community perspectives: Repeat photography and participatory research as tools for assessing environmental services in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park.  read text | view slides | view poster

Ulyana Horodyskyj, University of Colorado Boulder: Rates of change on Spillway Lake, Ngozumpa glacier, Nepal: 2000–2013.  read text | view slides

Daene McKinney, University of Texas at Austin: Mitigation strategies for risk reduction at Imja lake, Nepal.

Paribesh Pradhan, Trek4Education: Experience from the Great Himalayan Trail: My climate initiative.  read text | view slides

Gautam Rajkarnikar, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Government of Nepal: GLOF monitoring in Nepal.  view slides

Dhananjay Regmi, Himalayan Research Expeditions: Investigation of the Seti River disaster (May 5, 2012) and assessment of past and future mountain hazards facing Pokhara, Nepal and upstream communities.  read text | view slides part 1, part 2, part 3

Ang Rita Sherpa and Ang Chiri Sherpa, The Mountain Institute: Community-based climate change adaptation in the Mount Everest region of Nepal.  read text | view slides

Stephanie Spray, Harvard University: Snow River Film Project, Nepal.  read text | view slides

High Mountains Adaptation Partnership discussion

John Furlow, USAID: An overview of USAID’s approach to climate change.  view slides

John Harlin, The Mountain Institute: HiMAP growth, participant collaboration, funding opportunities, and knowledge exchange.  view PDF summary

Field methods and modules

Hydrology and water quality of Quilcay watershed  view handout

  • End-point water sampling and calculations
  • Quilcay watershed above Huaraz (~ 3900 m) Trainers: Raul Loayza, Jeff La Frenierre, Molly Polk, Oliver Wigmore

Conflict resolution in Paron in context of glacial lakes  view handout

  • Paron Lake and communities (~ 4200 m) Trainers: Cesar Portocarrero, Laura Read, Rachel Chisolm

Glacial lake and emerging risk and water issues

  • History in the Cordillera Blanca, emerging glacial lakes, hydrology and contemporary issues
  • Llaca Lake (~ 4400 m) Trainers: Wilfreid Haeberli, Marcelo Somos, Daene McKinney

Ground-penetrating radar at Pastoruri Glacier  view handout

  • Demonstration of the use of GPR for measuring the thickness of a glacier.
  • Pastorouri Glacier (~ 5000 m) Trainers: Daene McKinney, Marcelo Somos, Rachel Chisolm, Katalyn Voss

V&A, Community Consultations, and policy tools for high mountain climate change management and adaptation  view handout

  • How we’re engaging people and policy-makers: the process and linking science to policy (LAPAs, NAPAs, CAPAs, and PIPs)
  • Communities in Quilcay watershed above Huaraz (~ 3900 m) Trainers: Jorge Recharte, Josepha Rojas, John Furlow, Alton Byers

Field study of Palcacocha Lake, Cojup valley to Huaraz

  • Speaker: Cesar Portocarrero

2011 Nepal workshop: Andean-Asian Mountains Global Knowledge Exchange on Glaciers, Glacial Lakes, Water and Hazard Management

This mobile workshop, held in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal, was based on global collaboration and exchange of experiences related to glacial lakes and hazards, water supply, and the human dimensions of climate change and adaptation. 35 scientists from 15 different countries spent 18 days trekking to and, in collaboration with local people, assessing the history and current apparent stability of Imja Lake. Imja, which was a glacier in the 1960s, is now a 1 km2 lake, containing more than 35 million m3 of water, and growing at 35 m per year.

The field expedition was followed by a two-day follow-on conference, and a two-day “writers workshop” where the priority research and action projects were identified and captured.

Significant media interest was achieved (>80 million hits on the blog and journalist articles generated), and participants were unanimous in their interest to establish a Global Glacial Lake Partnership program, with the objective of increasing dialogue and collaboration between scientists, practitioners, and policy makers in the areas of glacial lake studies, related water issues, and the participation of local people.

Conference proceedings are in a 235-page PDF book (27 MB).

2009 Peru workshop: Adapting to a World Without Glaciers: Realities, Challenges and Actions

This international, multidisciplinary workshop was held in Lima and Huaraz, Peru in July 2009.  The objectives of the workshop were to facilitate discussion among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers about climate change vulnerabilities and risks in glacier-dominated systems; catalyze thinking that formulates innovative approaches that facilitate adaptation to changing environmental and climatic conditions; and identify priority research, collaboration, and action needs. Key recommendations for future collaborative research and development projects were developed. 

Download the conference proceedings PDF (7.2 MB).

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