NASA’s High Mountain Asia Team

Collaborative research to study cryospheric changes

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What we do

… and how we do it

Assessing and projecting changes in HMA’s water, ice, snow, hazards, and related phenomena to improve our understanding of regional changes, water resources, and induced impacts and vulnerabilities in human and biogeophysical systems.

Using open source science approaches to accelerate advances, foster transdisciplinary research and ensure FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reproducibility) practices.

Meeting calendar

For a list of team members presenting at AGU 2022, please reference this Session Summary



Environmental Disturbance Index

Leveraging high-resolution products across the HMA region

Glacier Mass Balance Sensitivity

Calibrating and evaluating glacier mass balance models

Glacier Surface Velocities

Developing high-resolution glacier velocity products

Historical Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

Characterizing the conditions leading up to GLOFs

Model Validation and Data Assimilation

Optimizing and standardizing model evaluation and assimilation techniques


Changes in the High Mountain Asia Cryosphere in response to climate change

Water Budget – Processes

Closing the water budget in High Mountain Asia


Water balance model (WBM) v.1.0.0: a scalable gridded global hydrologic model with water-tracking functionality

This paper describes the University of New Hampshire Water Balance Model, WBM, a process-based gridded global hydrologic model that …

Distributional Validation of Precipitation Data Products with Spatially Varying Mixture Models

The high mountain regions of Asia contain more glacial ice than anywhere on the planet outside of the polar regions. Because of the …

Landsat, MODIS, and VIIRS snow cover mapping algorithm performance as validated by airborne lidar datasets

Snow cover mapping algorithms utilizing multispectral satellite data at various spatial resolutions are available, each treating …