My work seeks to combine satellite imagery, computational modeling, and fieldwork to understand glacier melt and glacial lake hazards in the Nepal Himalaya. I have mainly focused on debris-covered glaciers to quantify how spatial variations in debris thickness affect melt rates and develop methods to classify the hazards associated with glacial lakes that form on these debris-covered glaciers.
There is no better office than the Himalaya! While modeling and analyzing satellite imagery can be fulfilling, the best part of this research will always be the fieldwork. A few highlights have been kayaking in Lumding Tsho to measure its bathymetry, installing ablation stakes and temperature sensors to understand glacier melt rates, and using Structure from Motion techniques to estimate surface roughness, but arguably the best part has been the interactions with my colleagues, local community members, and simply taking in the scenery. If you're interested in learning more please send me an email or check out my blog of my most recent expedition.