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Climate change has its impact on the glaciers and ice fields in the Himalayas located at elevations of 5000 meter and higher. Around 1.5 billion people depend on water originating in these mountains. We study how global warming has an impact on the availability of water downstream. The glaciers, their flow and their melting behavior are monitored by analyzing time-series of imagery collected by drones,
Dr. W.W. (Walter) Immerzeel has seventeen years’ experience in geo-informatics, water resource management and climate change and is skilled in hydro-meteorological monitoring, the use of remote sensing, simulation models and spatial analysis and he has been doing research on Himalayan hydrology since 2002.
He holds a PhD degree in physical geography from Utrecht University and his research focused on the interface of mountain hydrology, climate change and agriculture. He also has extensive experience in the application of remote sensing and modelling in mountain areas for systematically assessing and monitoring climate change, flooding, droughts and food security.
He has worked in the Netherlands as well as in numerous developing countries and he has a large international network. From December 2002 until June 2004 he was attached to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal as associate expert GIS and natural resource management. Since 2005 he has been working for the research and consulting firm FutureWater in Wageningen and he has been responsible for various applied research projects across the globe. Since 2008 he combines this position with research at Utrecht University and he was awarded several research grants including the NWO-VENI grant in 2011 to support his research on the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Himalayas and Karakoram mountain ranges.
Since 2014 he works as an assistant professor at Utrecht University and he supervises a group of Ba, Ma and PhD students and is responsible for severa course in the Ba and Ma programme of the faculty of GeoSciences. Late 2015 he was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant, which he will use to investigate the interaction between climate change, atmospheric dynamics, hydrology and glaciology.