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  • Glacier Lake Bursts in Bhutan

    On the morning of Sunday 28 June, an earthquake in India caused a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in northern Bhutan.  Local residents alerted officials, who activated warning systems and ordered evacuations downstream. Rivers  rose to high levels, but no fatalities occurred. By Monday night, the rivers had begun to fall. The United States Geological Survey…

  • Roundup: Climate Science and International Adaptation

    Integration of Glacier and Snow “Energy budget-based distributed modeling of snow and glacier melt runoff is essential in a hydrologic model to accurately describe hydrologic processes in cold regions and high-altitude catchments. We developed herein an integrated modeling system with an energy budget-based multilayer scheme for clean glaciers, a single-layer scheme for debris-covered glaciers, and…

  • Glacier Conference in Bhutan Promotes Collaboration

    A recent conference in Bumthang, Bhutan, titled “International Glacier Symposium: How much do we know about the glaciers of the high Himalayas?” presented data on glaciers there and in neighboring countries. It traced the implications of this work for hydropower development and environmental management across the Himalayan region and led to concrete plans for future…

  • GlacierHub’s Top Ten Posts in 2014

    Will An Icelandic Volcano Erupt Under A Glacier In 2015? Craters Have Appeared On Two Glaciers In Iceland Glacier Archaeology Comes Of Age Artists Stage Glacier Worship In Peru For Climate Change The Risk Of An Exploding Glacier is Heating Up In Iceland Bhutan’s Glaciers and Yak Herds Are Shrinking If A Glacier Melts On A…

  • A conference expands the debate over hydropower in Bhutan

    Hydropower is the mainstay of the Bhutanese economy, but how is the country moving ahead in its development? Is the present method of constructing hydropower projects conducive to economic development? Does it make sense for Bhutan to build 10,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2020, as some have suggested? These were some of the questions that…

  • Bhutan’s Fortresses Yet Another Victim of Glacial Floods

    Two decades ago, a glacier lake outburst flood (GLOF) at Lugge Tso, a lake in central Bhutan, coursed down a river valley, killing 17 people, destroying 730 hectares of fields and pastures, and washing away four bridges. Most prominently in the minds of Bhutanese, it also damaged a dzong—a set of culturally significant buildings—in the…

  • Bhutan’s Glaciers and Yak Herds Are Shrinking

    Of the things that my colleagues and I hoped to see on our trek in Bhutan, only one was missing: ice. Ed Cook and Paul Krusic, both tree ring scientists, found the groves of ancient trees they had planned to take sample cores from, and our trails led us to the villages where I talked…

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    City Lights Are Bright in Bhutan, but for How Long?

    My colleagues Ed Cook, Paul Krusic and I have come to Bhutan with plans to get off the grid. We are eager to set off on a trek through old-growth forests and remote villages, both for the sake of research and to disconnect. Ed and Paul plan to collect samples from ancient groves, and use tree…