Understanding the Link between Climate Change and Alpine Cryosphere

Date: 12 September 2014
Other languages: Русский язык |

Speaker: Martin Hoelzle, Professor
Date: 12 September 2014, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia (UCA), 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,2nd Floor Conference Room.

Abstract
The mountain cryosphere plays a crucial role in climate processes that affect surrounding societies. It is comprised of ice and snow environments that are vulnerable to climate change, and the formation of glaciers or permafrost forms are an indicator of ongoing climate change. Regions such as Central Asia are highly vulnerable to climate change. They need a sustainable long-term database that can provide information to cope with related challenges such as water management, agriculture, disaster risk reduction and public health. This lecture will describe the impact of climate change on three aspects of the cryosphere: snow cover, glaciers and permafrost. It will also discuss the importance of long-term monitoring based on modern approaches, including establishing a sound database to allow for more accurate estimates of changes in sea levels, river runoffs and natural hazards and help reduce uncertainties about climate change. 

Registration
Please RSVP to elnura.ormurbekova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation. 

Biography
Professor Hoelzle is professor of Physical Geography at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and a member of the Alpine Cryosphere & Geomorphology Group. He has served as a scientific advisor and National Correspondent of the World Glacier Monitoring Service for many years. Professor Hoelzle is currently a visiting scholar at the Department of Geosciences of the University of Oslo in Norway.

Language
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.