American Climber Science Program is a unique not-for-profit organization that connects climbers, scientists, and students from around the world by offering funded research opportunities in mountainous environments. The goal is to understand these places in order to practice sustainability in them and further environmental research. Climbers are able to contribute to the research projects through hands-on experience alongside the scientists.
This April, ASCP at Mountain Environments Research Institute at Western Washington University will embark on their basecamp-to-basecamp funded “Change Climate, Change Lives” project in Nepal, which will return in early June. Students from University of Colorado and Western Washington University will team up with Nepali grad students to study how climate change is affecting Himalayan communities by collecting air and water quality, botanical, snow particulate and sociological data on their way to attempt Everest and Lhotse. The data will be compared to similar data being collected in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, and past data from Everest.
This will be the organization’s first expedition to Nepal since the tragic loss of Sherpa expedition member, Asman Tamang, due to ice fall.
The April expedition will be led by Dr. John All, PhD, who studies climate change in remote areas. He has successfully climbed Everest, Denali, Artesonraju, Mt. Blanc de Tacul, Alpamayo and El Capitan, amongst hundreds of other peaks and walls.
The goal of the expedition is to use the collected data to learn how high-mountain ecosystems respond to human land use and climate change, as well as analyzing how air pollution and dust deposition affect glaciers and their melting rate.
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