Catchment hydrology in high-mountain Asia – process understanding and bridging scales

April 7, 2022 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

Topic: Catchment hydrology in high-mountain Asia – process understanding and bridging scales

Speaker: Dr. Jakob Steiner, Glacier Hydrologist, Water and Air

Abstract: Many countries in Asia are dependent on water supplies that have their sources in high-mountain Asia. To understand their present state and future prospects we generally rely on regional model outputs. However, field data supporting these model approaches remain rare. In this presentation, I will provide an overview of multi-year observations of the cryosphere and hydrosphere in a high-altitude catchment in the Himalayas. I will discuss the challenges of this work and the processes we try to understand to improve regional model approaches in the future, ranging from snow hydrology, glacier melt to atmospheric processes measured at stations ranging from 3000 to 5500 m a.s.l.


Jakob Steiner holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and a Ph.D. from the Utrecht University (Netherlands). He has work experience in Pakistan, Nepal, China, Tajikistan and the Arctic for the last 15 years. His work focuses on the high mountain and arctic hydrology and the cryosphere. During his work at International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) he is also responsible for translating scientific findings into policy-relevant output for regional stakeholders.

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