Development of glacial hazard and risk minimisation protocols in rural environments

Reynolds International Ltd is maintaining access to the results of this important international research project undertaken by the former RGSL glacial hazards team under Prof. John Reynolds’ direction.

RGSL pioneered the development of guidelines for glacial hazard management through a project funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), between 2000 and 2003.

Project aims

  • To increase the understanding of glacial hazards, especially the growth and failure of glacial lakes.
  • To develop improved methods of inventory compilation.
  • To improve field methods of hazard and risk assessment.
  • To develop objective methods of hazard and risk assessment.
  • To review global methods of risk management.
  • To produce best practice guidelines for practitioners and managers.
  • To disseminate the outputs of the project to implementing agencies in affected countries.

Technical procedures were tested and developed at sites in Nepal and Peru, whilst management issues were investigated with project partners INRENA in Peru. In order to disseminate the outputs of the project to the local problem holders, workshops were organised in Nepal, Bhutan and Peru. Reports and guidelines have been made available to the host country implementing agencies.

For more information, please download the original project summary [pdf].

Guidelines for the management of glacial hazards and risks

The original work to develop these Guidelines for the management of glacial hazards and risks was undertaken by Reynolds Geo-Sciences Ltd (RGSL) through a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries between 2000 and 2003. This is under the Knowledge and Research (KaR) scheme in grant R7816 Development of Glacial Hazard and Risk Minimisation Protocols in Rural Environments. The guidelines documents have been freely available since then on RGSL’s website. However, in July 2009, all of RGSL’s intellectual property rights were acquired by Reynolds International Ltd (RIL) and the guidelines have been freely available through www.reynolds-international.co.uk/dfid ever since.

Following the GAPHAZ workshop in Vienna in November 2009, at which RIL Director Prof. John Reynolds was invited to present a keynote lecture, it was agreed that these guidelines should be updated and extended to cover other geological hazards such as ice-volcano interactions. Prof. Reynolds is coordinating the revision of the guidelines. In 2014, it was decided to rebrand the guidelines documents ahead of undertaking further technical revisions to reflect developments in glacial hazards research since 2003. The edition of the Guidelines for the management of glacial hazards and risks linked below is the 2003 version but simply rebranded under the Reynolds International Ltd brand.

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