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Tso Rolpa one year after devastating earthquakes in Nepal

June 6, 2016

Prof. John Reynolds, MD, RIL, has just returned from almost three weeks in Nepal during which he undertook field work at Tsho Rolpa in Rolwaling, northern Nepal. He has been visiting this glacial lake regularly since 1994 and has seen huge changes in the terminal moraine complex due to subsidence that is occurring in response […]

Chile research funding awarded

December 14, 2015

RIL will partner with Aberystwyth and Exeter universities in the UK and with the Austral University of Chile, Valdivia, in Chile for a 2-year research project ‘Glacial hazards in Chile: Processes, Assessment, Mitigation and Risk Management Strategies’ as from January 2016 until January 2018. The work consists of three themes: (1) To understand the physical […]

HYDRO 2015, Bordeaux, France, 26th-28th October 2015

November 2, 2015

This year’s international gathering of hydropower specialists was held in Bordeaux, France, 26th-28th October 2015. Prof. John Reynolds, RIL’s MD, gave a presentation entitled ‘On the need to integrate Disaster Risk Management within the hydropower sector’. This was part of a specially-convened session following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May. As part […]

Latest status of Tsho Rolpa and Imja Tsho glacial lakes, Nepal, following the Gorkha Earthquake, 25th April 2015

May 22, 2015

The recent earthquakes in Nepal on the 25th April and 12th May 2015 and many aftershocks have led to concerns being expressed about the stability of two glacial lakes in Nepal – Tsho Rolpa in Rolwaling, and Imja Tsho in the Solukhumbu. Given Prof. John Reynolds’ long association with the Rolwaling community (back to September […]

Ghorka earthquake and aftershocks destroy the village of Beding in Rolwaling – renewed concern over the stability of Tsho Rolpa, Nepal

May 12, 2015

On Saturday (9th May) I received the following news from Dr Janice Turner, an anthropologist who has been studying Rolwaling Valley in Nepal for 40 years: “The Rolwaling people are in crisis because of the earthquake [25th April 2015]. Every house is heavily damaged or destroyed. One helicopter dropped off some tarps and food but […]

Update on the aftermath of the Gorkha Earthquake of 25th April in Nepal

May 7, 2015

It is now clear that the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake on the 25th April has moved from search & rescue through to body recovery and care for survivors. In additional there is considerable attention being paid by international agencies on how best to help Nepal without swamping it’s already battered infrastructure and systems. […]

Nepal’s devastating earthquake Saturday 25th April 2015

April 30, 2015

The graphic pictures of the destruction of the older parts of Kathmandu and surrounding districts and of collapsed houses in remote villages are a stark reminder of the impact of earthquakes. This latest major earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, has long been anticipated. The region is well known for its high seismic activity […]

October 2014 – HYDRO 2014, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy

January 26, 2015

Prof. John Reynolds, MD of RIL, attended the 3-day international HYDRO-2014 conference and exhibition held at Cernobbio, northern Italy, 13-15th October 2014. He gave an invited keynote presentation entitled ‘Natural Disaster Preparedness for Hydropower Development in High Mountain Environments’ in the session focused on the Asian region. He highlighted the current situation in the hydropower […]

September 2014 – Disaster Risk Management role with The World Bank

January 23, 2015

In September, Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, was appointed as a Short Term Consultant to The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA, to take a technical lead through 2014-15 in a major new 5-year $100 million project funded by The World Bank and the Japanese Government on introducing Disaster Risk Management into the hydropower […]

Visit to Kathmandu for prospective capacity building

May 13, 2014

In late April, Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, visited Kathmandu, Nepal, to meet with colleagues with whom he had worked on a number of previous glacial hazards projects. While in Kathmandu he was able to meet with Dr Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), to discuss […]