Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Nepal field campaign May 2016


A team of researchers from the UK have returned from a field campaign working on and around the Khumbu Glacier in Nepal. The team comprised a debris-covered glacier research team including Scott Watson and Owen King from the University of Leeds, and a rock glacier research team including Darren Jones and Dr Stephan Harrison from the University of Exeter. 

Using a lightweight kayak (Advanced Elements Packlite) to retrieve temperature loggers deployed in a supraglacial pond
Example bathymetry data obtained for a supraglacial pond
The debris-covered glacier research team en route to Everest Basecamp
Debris-covered glacier research:
Research activities included conducting photographic surveys of ice cliffs to quantify melt rates, obtaining bathymetric and thermal data from supraglacial ponds, and conducting a glacier-scale photographic survey of the Khumbu Glacier to be used in a Structure-from-Motion workflow. The team are investigating topographic change on the Khumbu Glacier and the role of ice cliffs for glacier-scale melt.

Rock glacier research:
Research activities included a significant clast analysis to understand landscape evolution and photographic surveys of rock glacier features.

Other:
Scott climbs Lobuche East with and early morning Khumbu Glacier in the background.


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