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NOV 2009  
Environmental Research
New vistas in TERI’s glacier research

TERI’s (The Energy and Resources Institute) Glacier Research Programme took another leap forward with the installation of an Automatic Weather Station at an altitude of 3925m in its Kolahoi Glacier Monitoring Observatory at Jammu and Kashmir. This station is equipped with all the sensors necessary to quantify the amount of atmospheric energy being transferred to the glacier system and leading to its negative mass balance. Recently, TERI’s team visited the glacier and catalogued various parameters reflecting the changes in its mass balance since last year.

The team has also installed a water level recorder at the Lidarvat Discharge Station, taken the glacier profile by using DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System), and has made snow density measurements in the accumulation pits dug at a height of 4600m. The team has also succeeded in conducting preliminary estimation of black carbon concentration at the glaciated zones of Western Himalaya.

TERI’s Kolahoi Glacier Monitoring Observatory has the distinction of being an exclusive observatory in Western Himalaya for being equipped with minimum basic infrastructure required for high precision scientific glacier research.

TERI has also joined hands with IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation) and signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to study, preserve, and safeguard the Himalayan glaciers under the NAPCC (National Mission of Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem).

Stressing on the need to study the Himalayan belt, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, said, ‘We wish to study more on glaciers as we are very dependent on them and our work till now has been negligible. We need to understand the drivers and implications of the changes happening in the Himalayan belt.’

© TERI 2023

Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India's CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers."

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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