UAV workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal

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


Science: “Dirty glaciers melt just as fast as clean ones”

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.

Photo of Lirung Glacier ice cliff (by Eduardo Soteras)

Ice cliff present on Lirung Glacier (photo by Eduardo Soteras)

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