I’m in Nepal for UN and USAID meetings. We’re working to prevent a special type of natural disaster from occurring, called a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF).
A very large glacier melted near Mt. Everest and turned into a mile long lake (Imja Lake). The lake is in danger of bursting, threatening thousands of lives downstream. I co-manage some scientists here (and in Peru) and we’re advising the UN and the Nepalese government how to manage this dangerous situation.
Climate change is causing thousands of ancient glaciers around the world to melt. When they melt, they either disappear via a river, or form a a big lake. Some lakes are very dangerous, and GLOFs threaten downstream communities and cities. The solution we provide here in Nepal will - hopefully - be used as a model by other countries to prevent these types of floods.
Anyway, I will be blogging again very soon! Meanwhile, here are some pictures from Pokhara, Kathmandu, and surrounds.