Glacier gazing on the Top of the World | WWF

Glacier gazing on the Top of the World

Posted on
04 July 2007

Kathmandu, Nepal – WWF Nepal has donated equipment for an automatic weather and hydrological station to Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology today. The equipment will be installed at the Khumbu glacier in Autumn 2007 to further climate change research in the Everest region.

“If we can have the real time data from the weather station, it will be a huge step in glacier retreat research," said Dr Madan Lall Shrestha, Director General of Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

“We can really move forward in this research with WWF’s help.”

Glacier melting in the Himalayas is leading to an increase in water discharge, which could give rise to catastrophic glacier lake outburst floods. These events can have devastating consequences to infrastructure like bridges, dams and power stations, as well as communities living downstream.

Climate change in the Himalayas will also affect freshwater flows. Millions of people are dependant on these mighty water towers in Nepal and India.

“It is vital to strengthen the science of climate change and we hope this weather station will be part of our pursuit of research that can save our mountains,” added Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal.

“If information can be generated on a regular basis, it can not only serve science but also save lives in the Himalayas."

WWF's climate change program works on mitigation and adaptation strategies locally and around the world.

The global conservation organization is also an important global partner in Live Earth, which is taking place on 7 July 2007. The concert series is urging over 2 billion people to “Answer the Call” to save our selves by taking urgent and lasting action.

The concert will be aired in Kathmandu through our media partner Hits FM 91.2.