Missions of The Pax Arctica Himalayas Expedition 2009
What Will We Do?
•Estimate altitude of snow line in region
–GPS + photos
•To study the glacier mass balance, a network of ablation stakes has been installed in 2007 and 2008 using a drill machine. Stakes are 8-10m long (4 or 5 2-m bamboo pieces linked with a metallic wire).
•Measure emergence of stakes on glaciers:
–year of stakes installation
–measure height of snow on top of ice
–measure emerged portion of stakes
–GPS localization of stakes
Map of the glacier showing ablation stakes (red) and accumulation stakes (blue)
Ablation stakes on Mera glacier