Innovation Ideas/Diamonds

Monitoring a Himalayan glacier using unmanned aerial vehicles (UU)


Innovation Profile


short description

About 25% of the world’s population depends on the meltwater from mountain glaciers. However, the glaciers are currently on a retreat, which potentially has large effects on the water cycle and food security. To learn more about the dynamics and responses of the glaciers under changes in climate conditions, Dr Walter Immerzeel and his team use the relatively novel technique of unmanned aerial vehicles to study the spatial and temporal dynamics of the Lirung Glacier in an unprecedented detail. For this, they venture high in the Nepalese Himalayas twice a year on 4-day walks to an elevation of 4200 m.

campus full address
Utrecht University Heidelberglaan 2 3584 CS Utrecht The Netherlands
contact person/researcher/expert
Walter Immerzeel
key words
climate, melt, water, glacier, food
creator of profile
Martine van der Woude
email contact person
visibility of the part "ii innovation profile"
origins of the idea
Research institution, Educational institutions
spatial scale
primary use of project
Green/blue belt
sectors of innovation
Safety, Water
upscaling potential
Higher scale (region or above) / society
type of innovation
Adaption to climate change, Agriculture, Research project
innovation status
Demo on Campus
time to market
More than 3 years