The ‘Google Earth Outreach Showcase’ now features the Eco Everest Expedition 2008, which is raising awareness on the impact of climate change in the Himalayas. The expedition is being organised by Asian Trekking in partnership with ICIMOD and UNEP, and coinciding with ICIMOD’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. The initiative intends to draw the world’s attention to the problems resulting from climate change, pointing to the melting Himalayan glaciers as a graphic example.
Key findings of ICIMOD’s scientific research expeditions on the impact of climate change in the Everest region, which are taking place in parallel to the climbing expedition, can be downloaded from the Google Earth Outreach Showcase website as well as the expedition website and viewed in the Google Earth environment.
The ICIMOD application presents a range of scientific and historic data and information on one of the most spectacular regions in the world. Displayed in the Google Earth application, the information will help create awareness amongst a wider audience of the pressing issues of climate change in the Himalayas. The application also embeds dispatches from the Eco Everest Expedition in the form of text, photographs, and video clips. All the information can be browsed interactively. It includes
As Mr. Basanta Shrestha from ICIMOD says, climate change is one of the defining issues of our times and the impact of climate change is particularly evident at high altitude, as in the Himalayan region. The Everest region has been identified as one of the hotspots of glacial activity in the Himalayas. Out of 20 glacial lakes identified as potentially dangerous in Nepal, 12 lie in this region. The Imja glacial lake is the fastest growing lake in the Himalayas, advancing in recent years at a rate of more that 70 metres per annum. Several glacial lake outbursts have already caused devastation in the region.
The Google Earth file is available through the official website of the Eco Everest Expedition 2008 https://www.ecoeverest.net.np/googleearth.php and the Google Earth Outreach Showcase website direct link https://earth.google.com/outreach/kml_entry.html#tEco%20Everest%20Expedition
A brief article with an overview of the expedition and its use of the Google Earth application has been published on the Google Lat Long blog.