Utrecht University together with ICIMOD, FutureWater and Kathmandu University organized a successful workshop in Kathmandu titled “Glacier monitoring in the Himalayas using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” . In the morning a broad overview was presented of potential applications of UAVs in different fields with a particular focus on glaciological applications. In the afternoon a successful demonstration was conducted on the cricket pitch of Tribhuvan University. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Department for International Development, the army, the police, the civil aviation authority and universities.
Group photo of the workshop attendees
Raw image taken by the UAV during the demo flight (2.5 cm resolution)
Orthomosaic of the Kirtipur Cricket ground made from the images captured during the demo flight
UAV manufacturer senseFly from Switzerland uses our Lirung Glacier UAV study that was performed using their Swinglet CAM UAV as a case study to promote scientific use of their drones. Currently a glossy article is available and soon there will be an addition to their website as well.
Science has posted a news item on their website about our research on debris-covered glaciers, following from this upcoming publication:
Pellicciotti, F., Stephan, C., Miles, E., Immerzeel, W. W., & Bolch, T. (2015). Mass changes of the debris-covered glaciers in Langtang Himal 1974-2000 revealed by Hexagon and SRTM data, Journal of Glaciology, 61 (225), 1-27.
Ice cliff present on Lirung Glacier (photo by Eduardo Soteras)
Walter has presented our UAV work on Lirung Glacier at the AGU Fall Meeting session “Climate and the Changing Cryosphere in High Asia II”. During his presentation he showed the methods and results of the related paper as well as this flyby video of the high-resolution 3D model: