Kasturi Shah ’16



Project Title

Evolution of Himalayan Glaciers under Changing Climate Conditions, Peru

The goal of my summer internship was to investigate the evolution of Himalayan glaciers under changing climate conditions. Using raw data from automated weather stations in the Himalayas as well as climate model output from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), I investigated the correlation between temperature and precipitation over the last 60 years and developed an ablation and mass-balance model for glaciers, specific to the region of the Himalayas that they were in. I then began work on investigating the relationship between temperature and precipitation using predictions from the model to forecast the future evolution of glaciers. I really enjoyed working on a self-driven research project, and the range of seminars and discussions at GFDL and the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science’s program was extremely stimulating! I intend to continue this research for either a junior paper or my senior thesis.

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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, NJ


Olga Sergienko, Research Glaciologist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences