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GEO Mountains Workshop: Interdisciplinary Monitoring, Data, and Capacity Sharing Across the Hindu Kush Himalaya

06/11/2023 08/11/2023

GEO Mountains Event

Event location

Kathmandu, Nepal

This event is one of a series of engagements that GEO Mountains is undertaking during 2023 under the Adaptation at Altitude ProgrammeThe primary aim of the workshop, is to provide a platform to bring together data providers and data users from a range of disciplines related to climate change and its impacts on environmental, ecological, and social systems across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region with a view to ultimately informing effective climate change adaptation solutions.  

The aims of the workshops are to: 

  1. Explore prospects for supporting ongoing efforts towards the establishment of a regional network (or sub-regional networks) of “Mountain Observatories” (MOs) which are multi-disciplinary and multi-method hubs, super-sites, or data rich regions at or across which long-term monitoring is conducted and training activities / student research projects are focused (Shahgedanova et al., 2021), with the resultant observations ideally being shared with the wider community; 
  2. Establish stronger links, understanding, and exchange of data and capacities between the research community and national hydrometeorological (and other environmental monitoring) agencies; 
  3. Identify opportunities to combine, integrate, or otherwise exploit existing datasets to address key outstanding scientific, practical, or policy-related issues via joint projects, especially related to the incorporation of socio-economic data.

The workshop will take a mixed format, with short invited presentations interspersed with ample opportunity for open discussion, likely in small groups depending upon the eventual number of participants. The workshop will seek to develop a comprehensive overview of what currently exists by way of cross-disciplinary in situ monitoring, which could eventually feed into refining GEO Mountains’ In Situ Inventory. On the basis of this, key gaps (spatial and/or disciplinary) can be identified. It is also indended to seek opportunities for embedding students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs), especially those affiliated with the Himalayan University Consortium, into ongoing monitoring activities, as well as sharing capacities, equipment, and data between sites. The potential to increase the standardisation of protocols and instrumentation for certain types of measurements across multiple sites may also form a topic of discussion. 

Expected participants include scientists and practitioners working on in situ monitoring (across multiple disciplines), remote sensing, climate modelling / reanalysis topics (e.g. downscaling and bias correction), climate change impacts modelling (e.g. on hydrology, the cryosphere, and biosphere), climate-related natural hazard and risk quantification, citizen science (across various disciplines), and societal / economic data in both research and operational contexts. If possible, some individuals responsible for the implementation of mitigation / adaptation measures and other decision-makers will also be invited. This broad list reflects the cross-disciplinary / integrated and “multi-method” remit of GEO Mountains.



Monday 6th November   

09:00 – 09:30: Arrival & Registration

09:30 – 09:45: Welcome Pema Gyamtsho (Director General, ICIMOD) and Carolina Adler (Executive Director, MRI; virtual)


09:45 – 10:05: Workshop Objectives & Overview of GEO Mountains, & Participants’ Expectations – James Thornton (MRI)

10:05 – 10:20: Introduction to the general concept of Mountain ObservatoriesMaria Shahgedanova (University of Reading & MRI; pre-recorded)

10:20 – 10:40: Introductory presentation from ICIMOD, Sudip Pradhan (ICIMOD)

10:40 – 11:00: BREAK 

11:00 – 12:00: Invited presentations on existing mountain observatories / experimental basins / local networks (I)

  • Syed Hammad Ali Glacier Monitoring Research Centre (GMRC), Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
  • Tao Che Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Sonam LhamoBhutan National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology
  • Mohd. Farooq Azam – IIT Indore, India

12:00 – 13:30: LUNCH 

13:30 – 15:00: Invited presentations on existing mountain observatories / experimental basins / local networks (II)

  • Sharad Joshi, Sunita Chaudhary & Jakob Steiner Himalayan University Consortium (HUC)
  • Miriam Jackson ICIMOD

  • Min Feng Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Jeniya Shakya SmartPhones4Water-Nepal
  • Christoff Andermann Université de Rennes
  • Tom Matthews King's College London (pre-recorded)

15:00 – 15:30: BREAK 

15:30 – 16:45:  

  • Discussion I: Towards more coordinated research-oriented monitoring and enhanced data availability and capacity exchange: good practices, challenges & opportunities (All)

16:45 – 17:00: Summary of the day’s proceedings (James Thornton & Sudip Pradhan)

17:00 – 18:00: Poster Session & GEO Mountains Reception


Tuesday 7th November 

9:00 – 10:30: Invited presentations on mountain monitoring and data: an operational focus

  • Adina Croitoru World Meteorological Organization & Babeş-Bolyai University
  • Md. Abdul Matin Bangladesh Meteorological Department
  • Minghu Ding Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences
  • Niraj Shankar Pradhananga Department of Hydrology & Meteorology, Nepal
  • Adnan Shafiq Rana Pakistan Meteorological Department

10:30 – 11:00: BREAK  

11:00 – 12:00:  

  • Discussion II: Towards enhanced exchange of data and capacities between the research and operational monitoring communities: good practices, challenges, & opportunities (All)

12:00 – 13:30: LUNCH 

13:30 – 14:30: Invited presentations on mountain monitoring and data: an ecological focus

  • Irfan Rashid University of Kashmir
  • Pierce Hu Yunnan University

14:30 – 14:45: Data & Information for Disaster Risk Reduction – Sundar Sharma (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Nepal)

14:45 – 15:00: Socio-economic data across the HKH and its integration with biophysical data: Examples from HI-WISEAmina Maharjan (ICIMOD)

15:00 - 15:30: BREAK 

15:30 – 16:15: Discussion IIIExtending the thematic scope of existing observatories and opportunities to enhance involvement of Early Career Researchers / use of observatories for student projects (All)

16:15 – 16:30: Summary of the Day’s Proceedings (James Thornton & Sudip Pradhan)

18:00: Workshop Dinner at Hotel Himalaya


Wednesday 8th November 

9:00 – 10:30:  

  • Presentation and activity on identifying “Essential Socioeconomic Variables” (ESVs) for general applications across the HKH (contribution to GEO Mountains’ Task Group 2.3)led by James Thornton, Amina Maharjan, Jakob Steiner & Stefan Schneiderbauer

10:30 – 11:00: BREAK 

11:00 – 12:00: Discussion IV: Identifying potential high impact projects that could be conducted collaboratively using existing data (All)

12:00 – 12:30: Summary, Conclusion & Next steps

Workshop ends


The event will be held in English, and will be free of charge. The number of places is limited. In-person registrations are closed, but you can still register for online participation until Wednesday, 1 November

The flyer of the workshop can be downloaded here

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