6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Securing the Third Pole: Glaciers, Snowpacks, and Water Vulnerability in High Asia

Webcast available

Event Co-sponsors

U.S. Agency for International Development, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Webcast Recap

Known as the “Third Pole,” the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya, Pamir and Tien Shan mountain ranges of High Asia are home to the snow and ice headwaters of Asia’s most important rivers. These rivers provide drinking water, hydropower, irrigation, and other essential services to billions of people living downstream and changes in the mountains’ glaciers and snow reservoirs have cascading impacts on the region’s economic and human security. Protecting these essential water sources in a complex geopolitical setting requires transboundary science, public policy, and local efforts.

Join us for a discussion with USAID-funded researchers, international scientists, water program managers, and policymakers about the implications of changing snow and ice resources for water security in High Asia. An expert panel of international scientists will summarize recent findings about High Asia’s snow and ice-dominated water supplies. We will then hear from NGO and government officials working on water security in Asia regarding operational use of hydrologic research, and where the programmatic priorities lie within their respective institutions.

 

Welcoming Remarks
  • Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
Panel 1 |  Science of the Region
  • Richard Armstrong, University of Colorado-Boulder and National Snow and Ice Data Center, USA
  • Tobias Bolch, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sarah Kapnick, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Rijan Kayastha, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal 
  • Larissa Kogutenko, Institute of Geography, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
  • Adina Racoviteanu, Aberystwyth University, Wales 
  • Karl Rittger, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, USA 
Panel 2 |  Application in the Region
  • Mary Melnyk, Environmental Security and Resilience Team Leader, Asia Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Elias Deeb, Physical Scientist, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Muthukumara S. Mani, Lead Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank
  • Ari Nathan, Deputy Director, Office of Conservation and Water, U.S. Department of State
Moderator: Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia, Asia Program 

 

Speakers

Introduction

  • Gloria Steele

    Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development

Moderator

Panelists

  • Richard Armstrong

    CHARIS Principal Investigator, Senior Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Tobias Bolch

    Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Elias Deeb

    Physical Scientist, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Sarah Kapnick

    Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Rijan Kayastha

    Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal
  • Larissa Kogutenko

    Institute of Geography, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Muthukumara S. Mani

  • Mary Melnyk

    Environmental Security and Resilience Team Leader, Asia Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Ari Nathan

    Deputy Director, Office of Conservation and Water, U.S. Department of State
  • Adina Racoviteanu

    Aberystwyth University, Wales
  • Karl Rittger

    Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, USA