HIMALAYAN PERMAFROST CONSORTIUM (HiPERC)
Frost Heaves above the village of Demul, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
© Soumik Das
The Himalayan Permafrost Consortium (HiPERC) is an international collaboration of researchers and institutions focused on studying permafrost in the Himalayan region. HiPERC aims to advance scientific understanding of permafrost and its role in the Himalayan cryosphere and provide information on the implications of permafrost degradation for water resources, infrastructure, and society. The consortium brings together researchers from diverse fields, including glaciology, geography, geophysics, hydrology, and social sciences, to facilitate interdisciplinary research on permafrost. HiPERC intends to collaborate with local communities and stakeholders to ensure that research findings are useful and relevant to the region's development and sustainability.
The action group comprises of various institutions from different countries, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Universität Heidelberg (Germany), North Carolina State University (USA), University of Dundee (U.K.), and Inter University Accelerator Centre (India), working collaboratively on geophysical research in the Himalayan cryosphere. This group aims to expand its research into Himalayan permafrost, utilizing state-of-the-art micro-devices to monitor fluctuations in permafrost-related parameters.
Near Hikkim, Spiti
© Soumik Das