Master’s thesis on protection forests in the Khumbu region



 

Moritz Waas, Geography Masters student from the University of Innsbruck, works as a project assistant for the touRES project and is currently writing his Master’s thesis about protection forests in the Khumbu region. The study is based on a GIS based statistical rockfall, avalanche and channel process model which was originally developed for the Alps. Through our cooperation with another Earth System Sciences project from the Academy of Sciences, an adapted model for the Khumbu Himal was developed. The aim of the study is it to show potential process paths, as well as potential and existing protection forest areas. The field work was carried out between Lukla in the South and Thame in the North of Sagarmatha National Park in April and May 2019.

During the field work, Mortitz was able to validate pre-modelled natural hazard processes close to human infrastructure. Moreover, valuable discussions with local people helped to reflect his research ideas. Back in Innsbruck, he will now incorporate the insights in his Master’s Thesis. We are looking forward to it!

 

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Newly built house close to a rockfall deposit in Begnkar (by Moritz Waas)

 

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One of the many suspension bridges on the way to Namche Bazar over the Dudh Kosi river (by Moritz Waas)

 

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Local Sherpa boy playing around with Moritz’s GPS device (by Moritz Waas)

 


 

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