Official inauguration of the regional Hymet monitoring network in Bishkek

On Friday, 16 September 2011, GFZ and CAIAG presented the first part of the regional hydrometeorological monitoring network being established in the frame of the CAWa project. Representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations participated in the official inauguration ceremony which was held in Bishkek.

Climate and glacier monitoring at Abramov glacier resumed

In the end of August 2011, a multi-national team of researchers went on expedition to the Abramov glacier in the Alai range, Southern Kyrgyzstan. The team installed a CAWa Hymet monitoring station near the glacier, performed initial GPS measurements on the glacier and installed ablation stakes. With these activities, climate and glacier monitoring is being resumed at Abramov glacier, where a permanent research station had been operated until summer 1999 when it was destroyed by a local guerilla group.

Glacier monitoring in the Tian Shan Mountains continued

Following last year’s expeditions, a group of Kyrgyz, German and Swiss scientists continued the fieldwork on three selected glaciers in the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. The expedition team included researchers from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), University of Fribourg and the World Glacier Monitoring Service WGMS.