Himansh, India’s remote, high-altitude station opens in the Himalayas:
Himansh, a high altitude research station in Himalaya
, (literally meaning, a slice of ice) has been sent up at a location above 13,500 ft (4000 m) in a remote region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
The station was unveiled by Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary to the Ministry of Earth Sciences, yesterday in the presence of Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research.
The station houses instruments to quantify glacier melting and its relation to changing climate
. Some of the instruments that are available
at this research facility include Automatic Weather
Stations for weather monitoring, water level recorder for quantifying the glacier melt, ground penetrating radar to know the thickness of glaciers, geodetic GPS systems to study the glacier movements, snow fork for studying snow thickness, steam drill, snow cover, temperature profilers, as well as various glaciological tools.