To study the dynamics and the rate of change in glaciers to understand its impact on hydrology, ecology and climate
To assess the climate change using ice as an archive of information on past climate and its future implications
To study the biogeochemical aspects of Himalayan ice and compare it with the polar environment.
In July 2012, a team of three scientists from NCAOR visited a few glaciers in Himachal (at ~3800 m altitude) for identifying the most suitable glaciers for long-term mass balance studies that are not being undertaken by other institutions. The identified glaciers are Chhota Shigri and Hamata in Chandra Basin, Patsio in Bhaga Basin and Mamtusa and Miyad in Miyar basin.
Subsequently, in September 2012, two other scientists from NCAOR visited two high altitude glaciers of Ladakh (at 5600 m altitude) to sample and study the recent accumulation layers by deep pitting (1-1.5 m). The analysis of these samples will help us to understand the preservation of environmental/ climatic signals and will help us to identify possible glaciers for an ice core based climate reconstruction study