A cross-disciplinary expedition to India Himalaya
We investigated the link between extreme storm events and glacial lake outburst floods in the arid Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
In the summer of 2013 I participated in a complex and fascinating scientific, mountaineering and photographic field project in the remote, high topography and arid region of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas. The project was coordinated by the University of Edinburgh Geoscience Department, mainly by Dr Hugh Sinclair, Professor of Surface Geodynamics at the Drummond Institute of Geography in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The expedition project was sponsored by the Edinburgh University Development Trust through an Innovative Initiative Grant.
The expedition team comprised: Sergiu George Jiduc as logistics leader and scientific investigator, Oliver James Forster as scientific investigator and Christopher Lu Rubey as photographer. Additionally, two other scientific investigators, Kirstie Dallas and Nick Robert accompanied us in the field, carrying out a slightly different research project.
The main aim of our research project was to investigate the role of glacial lake outburst floods in the 2010 extreme storm event, which resulted in the death of over 600 people and the devastation of over 50 rural settlements. Secondary objectives included the ascent of Kangyatze I (6400m) and to compose a photo-journal about the socio-cultural and environmental aspects of Ladakh.