The mountain world is changing faster than any of us could have imagined: these changes threaten all of us who live downstream. Glaciers are melting, rainfall patterns are changing, and the world’s most important fresh water supplies are endangered.
Starting next week, The Mountain Institute – in partnership with the National Science Foundation, USAID, the US State Department, and other sponsors – will begin a month-long series of workshops and an expedition to Imja Lake, a newly-formed, potentially dangerous, glacial lake near Mount Everest. We’re going to the field and talking to local people in order to research and educate.
We’re bringing a team of over 30 scientists, engineers, photographers, and journalists to the field to exchange knowledge with local people about monitoring and controlling glacial lakes. We’ll evaluate the danger of Imja, and determine how to control it so it can supply fresh water safely and reliably to downstream communities for drinking, irrigation, and the generation of electricity.
We have an unprecedented set of world-class scientists from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Peru, Bolivia, Japan, the US and Europe participating in the expedition. This is the first Andean-Asian expedition in the Everest region to exchange experiences in the control and management of dangerous glacial lakes.
Our expedition to Nepal will also be the first to live-blog the entire journey, with photos, videos, and events as they happen. Members of the expedition will post updates daily, so people around the world can follow us and learn about the dangers of climate change, its effect on the mountain world, and on all of us who depend on fresh mountain water for drinking, agriculture, and daily use.
Followers will be able to ask questions of the expedition members in real-time, making this a groundbreaking project, and a fascinating blog to follow. You will also learn about the work of The Mountain Institute – the only international non-profit devoted solely to helping mountain communities create and sustain environmentally responsible development globally.
Rosie Thompson Stone The Mountain Insitute firstname.lastname@example.org