NASA High Mountain Asia Team

Collaborative research to study cryospheric changes

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What we do

… and how we do it

Some of the questions that guide our research:

  1. What is driving changes in hydrology and cryosphere in the High Asia region?
  2. What range of possible impacts on local stakeholders can we expect in the future?

In our research, we use satellite data, model simulations and field data to assess the changing hydrology and cryosphere of the High Mountain Asia region.

Meet the Team



Albert Wu

Project Manager





Acceleration of ice loss across the Himalayas over the past 40 years

Himalayan glaciers supply meltwater to densely populated catchments in South Asia, and regional observations of glacier change over …

GlacierMIP – A model intercomparison of global-scale glacier mass-balance models and projections

Global-scale 21st-century glacier mass change projections from six published global glacier models are systematically compared as part …

An Automated Approach for Estimating Snowline Altitudes in the Karakoram and Eastern Himalaya From Remote Sensing

The separation of fresh snow, exposed glacier ice and debris-covered ice on glacier surfaces is needed for hydrologic applications and …

Analyzing Machine Learning Predictions of Passive Microwave Brightness Temperature Spectral Difference Over Snow-Covered Terrain in High Mountain Asia

“Snow is an important component of the terrestrial freshwater budget in high mountain Asia (HMA) and contributes to the runoff in …

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