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[Event] Department Seminar: Status and Change of the Cryosphere in High Mountain Asia

Department Seminar: Status and Change of the Cryosphere in High Mountain Asia

Time: Thursday, November 23, 2017, at 10:00am-11:30am

Venue: Fourth floor seminar room of IRES,  Yunnan University Chenggong campus

Speaker: Dr. Tobias Bolch (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

About Tobias Bolch

Tobias Bolch received his Ph.D in Physical Geography in 2006 from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and researched thereafter at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. He is a senior scientist and leader of the research group “Mountain Cryosphere” at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His main research focuses on investigating the impact of climate change on glaciers in various mountain ranges of the world with the regional focus on high-mountain Asia where he has been working since more than 15 years. He uses remote sensing and photogrammetry to study glacier characteristics, their changes in in area, volume and velocity and puts special emphasis on debris-covered glaciers. He studies also other components of the cryosphere like snow cover, permafrost and permafrost bodies. His remote sensing work is complemented by regular field investigations where he and his group are also measuring climate parameters or perform geophysical measurements.

He was invited as a speaker for several international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America and has published more than 50 well-recognized papers in international journals. Specific details can be accessed http://web.unbc.ca/~bolch/.

Research Interests

  1. Glaciers and periglacial environment of high mountain areas
  2. Climate change in high mountain areas and its impacts
  3. Digital terrain analysis
  4. GIS and remote sensing

Research regions

  1. Western Canadian Mountains
  2. Asian Mountains (esp. Tien Shan and Himalaya)
  3. South American Andes
  4. European Alps

Some impressions of my study areas


   Tschierva Glacier          Lhotse, Imja Glacier        Chon-Aksu Rockglacier        Zapadnij Aksu Glacier        View from Cerro Sillajhuay


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